Kaukauna bridge in need of repairs
KAUKAUNA - A bridge in Kaukauna is in need of major repairs to complete part of the lock system upgrade along the Fox River. If the bridge is not reconstructed, boats cannot pass through.
The city is being forced to look for some way to fund the million-dollar project.
Hundreds pass over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge every day, since being built in 1984.
Currently, the bridge only has clearance for kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats. But when the lock system goes into effect, it needs to become a lift bridge.
“Without this bridge operational, the lock system that we have isn't going to function the way that it should function,” said John Sundelius, Director of Public Works and Kaukauna Engineer.
Sundelius said the engineers know how to fix the bridge.
“So we're probably looking at $1.3-$1.4 million,” said Sundelius.
But where to get the money is the problem.
“It would be a heavy burden on our taxpayers,” said Eugene Rosin, mayor of Kaukauna.
Rosin said there isn't enough money in the budget, so they're looking for help from the state or federal government.
“We've been working with our legislators, and they've been a huge asset for us,” he said.
The lock-system is set to reopen in the Spring of 2015. But the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge needs more time.
“If we found a funding source today, whether there would be enough time to get it operational by then, there would probably be a delay,” said Sundelius.