Cedar Wapsi Road Bridge Project

Bridge Construction

The project was awarded to Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) of Reinbeck, IA at a cost of $4,065,432.61. Construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2019 and continue through the construction summer of 2020. 

The new bridge will be located 50-ft south of the current bridge. To start construction PCI will be removing tree around the south side of the bridge to make way for the new road and bridge.

Project Map

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​Project Planning Process

Black Hawk County Engineer's office planned the replacement of the Cedar Wapsi Road bridge over the Cedar River. The existing bridge was built in 1961 and is 651-ft long and 24-ft wide. This project is scheduled for construction in the 2019-2020 construction season and is estimated to take two years to complete.

Several environment and historical studies were completed along with a Type, Size and Location Study (full reports are below) which outlined both alternatives for the proposed bridge.  

At the May 23, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted in support of constructing Alternate #2, replacing the new bridge approximately 55 feet south of the existing bridge at an estimated cost of $7.3 million.

Public Meetings

A second public meeting was held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at the Rotary Reserve, 5932 N Union Road, Cedar Falls, IA (map). A project update presentation was given at 5:20pm with public questions that followed. Below is the presentation and handout that was available at the meeting.
Project Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Handout (PDF)

The first public meeting was held on November 2, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at the Rotary Reserve on Union Road north of Cedar Falls. A project summary presentation was given at 5:20pm. Meeting handouts and exhibits are available below:
Project Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Handout (PDF)
Meeting Exhibits (PDF)

​Project Studies & Reports
​Type, Size and Location Study

​The type, size and location study was completed by AECOM of Waterloo, Iowa in April 2016. This report established two design alternatives for the size and location of the proposed bridge.
  • Alternate 1, a 677'-0" long x 40' wide bridge would be built in the location of the existing bridge.
    • Estimated cost: $6.5 million
  • Alternate 2, a 690'-0" long x 40' wide bridge would be built 55 feet to the south of the existing bridge. This would allow for existing traffic to be maintained for much of the construction project.
    • Estimated cost: $7.3 million

Endangered Species Studies

Black Hawk County is required to minimize or avoid impact to State and Federally endangered species. As part of this we have conducted several studies to determine the potential impact to those endangered species. These studies can be seen below:

Wetland Delineation Study

As part of this project Black Hawk County is required to determine and rebuild any disturbed wetlands in coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. A wetland delineation report was completed by Stantec Consulting Services of Independence, Iowa in July 2016.

Archaeological Studies

Archaeological studies were completed by Two Rivers Archaeology of Anamosa, Iowa in 2016. Black Hawk County is coordinating with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the State Historic Preservation Office to determine and mitigate or avoid any areas of historic significance that could be affected by the project.