People driving through downtown Leavenworth may have noticed that a portion of Second Street is closed.

People driving through downtown Leavenworth may have noticed that a portion of Second Street is closed.

That is because a bridge that spans across Three Mile Creek will be torn down and replaced.

Work on the bridge replacement project began Monday. However, utility crews were working in the area ahead of this week’s start date, according to Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

McDonald said the project should be completed by September.

McDonald said the existing bridge on Second Street has structural issues. And repairing the old bridge would be as expensive as replacing it with a new one.

In February, the Leavenworth City Commission approved a bid from LG Barcus & Sons, Kansas City, Kansas, in the amount of $1.499 million for the bridge replacement project.

While Second Street will remain closed during the project, drivers still can access businesses located near the site.

“Everything is still open,” McDonald said.

The Three Mile Creek pedestrian trail passes underneath the Second Street bridge. McDonald said that section of the trail will remain closed during the bridge project. He said people can still walk on a western section of the trail.

Later this year, work will begin to stabilize the north bank of Three Mile Creek between Esplanade and Second streets.

McDonald said the bridge project likely will be completed before work begins on the bank stabilization project in the fall.

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