Lincoln Street Bridge reopens to traffic

11/16/2012 5:09 PM

11/16/2012 5:09 PM

Construction cones have disappeared and traffic is flowing across the Lincoln Street Bridge.

The south Wichita stretch of Lincoln reopened early Friday as the city completed a $13.7 million reconstruction of the bridge, which closed in March 2011. During the 20-month closure, crews rebuilt the structure and added a dam to better control the level of the river downtown, officials from the city’s Department of Public Works and Utilities said in an e-mailed news release.

A new passageway also allows boats and fish to access the river south of Lincoln. The bridge crosses the Arkansas River east of McLean Boulevard.

Public Works and Utilities officials say it’s unclear when the city will raise the Arkansas River north of Lincoln because drought conditions have left water levels too low to safely use the dam.

But the good news is drivers no longer need to detour to Harry Street.

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