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Iowa City is currently seeking bidders for the Gilbert Street bridge reconstruction, a project with an estimated start date of March 2024. The bridge, which crosses Ralston creek, was built in 1972 and is in need of replacement. Consultants hired by Iowa City found that the best solution was to replace the bridge altogether, due to the nature of the wear-and-tear. “It doesn’t meet all the safety requirements,” said Tyler Olson, Iowa City civil engineer, at the Iowa City council’s Sept. 5 meeting. Currently, there is no barrier between vehicles and pedestrians on the bridge, and the sidewalks are not ADA compliant. Erosion, cracking and spalling are some of the issues on the bridge deck, though officials stress that the bridge is considered safe.