Motorists soon may be able to drive across a new bridge in downtown Leavenworth.

Motorists soon may be able to drive across a new bridge in downtown Leavenworth.

The construction of a Second Street bridge that spans across Three Mile Creek may be completed as early as the middle of next week, Leavenworth Deputy Public Works Director Mike Hooper said.

“It should be open for people to drive on,” he said.

But before that can happen, workers need to patch sections of roadway on the north and south sides of the new bridge.

He said Tuesday's rain may have caused some delay in the completion of the work.

The $1.5 million bridge project, which began in May, included the demolition of an existing bridge and the construction of the new one.

The old bridge was replaced because of structural issues, according to Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

He said repairing the old bridge would have been as expensive as replacing it with a new one.

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