It's over a hundred years old and beginning to show its age. We're talking about the 8th Street bridge in downtown Sioux Falls. The city has taken notice and now has plans to replace it with a brand new one, but it won't look much different.
There are large cracks, rebar is showing and concrete is falling.
The old 8th Street Bridge in downtown Sioux Falls has seen better days. Constructed in 1912, the bridge has undergone numerous repairs over the years and more are scheduled.
"It's just age and being exposed to the elements," Sioux Falls Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.
Cotter says the city has hired a contractor to make the necessary repairs so it doesn't become a safety issue.
"Essentially chip off any loose concrete that's right above the walkways and they'll fit this structural fiber to it," Cotter said.
While the bridge needs to be fixed cosmetically, it's inspected every other year by engineers and the city says it's structurally sound.
Right now, workers are drilling in anchor bolts for eight new lights, which will help illuminate the historical bridge.
"So it'll be able to light the surface much better and really fit in to the downtown development," Cotter said.
But the city has plans to tear down the bridge in five years and replace it.
"I would expect it will look very similar; it'll just look brand new and modern," Cotter said.
With new lights on top, under the arches of the bridge and along side it, it'll be another focal point of downtown.
"8th Street is one of those streets that brings people off Minnesota Avenue. If you fly into the airport and take Minnesota Avenue down and turn onto 8th Street, we've really tried to make 8th Street a gateway into downtown with the improvements we've done between Minnesota and the bridge," Cotter said.
Construction of the new bridge will start in 2018 at an estimated cost of $2.5 million.