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People upset over bridge closing: longer commute & communication issues

Bridge closed on Old Lincoln Highway

A longer drive and cut off from other towns: that's what a lot of people in the Crescent area say they're upset about.

A main bridge north of the town is now closed for repairs and it's taken a lot of people by surprise.

Pottawattamie County workers say about 2,500 cars drive across a bridge on Old Lincoln Highway every day. Now that it's closed all of those people have to take a different route to get to where they need to be.

"Just to come to Crescent from my house it added probably an additional, I suppose, 10 miles,” said Debbie West.

To get from her home in Honey Creek to Crescent she now has to drive on gravel roads. She says it's "a real inconvenience,” and a shock.

West said, "I just think there should've been some better pre-planning letting people know."

Workers at some businesses feel the same way. They say they’re worried since the bridge will be closed until at least mid-June.

Kella Sales said, "I do think that we will see a huge crunch from this."

Sales works at Denny's Place and says she has to just hope people will still make the trek to Crescent.

Sales said, "A lot of our customer-base comes from the north of the city from the Missouri Valley, Logan, Blair areas."

The county says the bridge is closed so power lines can be moved and the road can be widened.

Pottawattamie County engineer John Rasmussen said, "Maybe we need to find a better way or some other method of getting the information to people, but we did make an honest attempt to get the information out."

Rasmussen says four public meetings have been held around the county to let people know about upcoming construction projects.

West said, "We knew it was going to be closed, but we thought that there would still be one lane of traffic open so people could get through."

Some county workers do agree that the bridge closing is a big inconvenience for a lot of people right now and that better communication should've happened. They do say that when the bridge is finally done it will be safer and better for everyone.

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors will be meeting on Tuesday.

It's going to talk about if there are any ways to help people while the bridge is closed.

The meeting is at 1 p.m. at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

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