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clark street bridge

A caved-in walkway of the Clark Street bridge in Davenport is part of the damage being assessed by city crews. (Tom Geyer/Quad-City Times)

Davenport city workers are examining the Clark Street bridge this week to determine how to fix it after it was abruptly shut down last week.

The east approach will be checked to determine the extent of the damage by water there and whether the problem is erosion or something more serious, Public works director Mike Clarke said Tuesday.

Workers also ran a video camera Tuesday into a sewer line that runs under the deck surface to see if it is damaged.

“We should move through the various phases of discovery this week,” Clarke said.

He estimates it could take two weeks to decide on a fix and implement it. The timeline depends on the sewer line being intact and nothing more serious than erosion under the abutment.

“We are tuned in to the fact it is an inconvenience to people in the area,” he said. “We want to get it back in service as soon as possible.”

Alderman Nathan Brown, 1st Ward, is pleased to hear public works wants to get it repaired quickly, but he also has public safety in mind.

“We want to make sure it gets fixed right so we don’t have to come back to it,” he said.

The bridge, built in 1950, runs over Blackhawk Creek near Indian Road on the city’s west side. It was closed Friday after a city inspector noticed water had eroded an area of one of bridge’s supports. Part of the bridge’s sidewalk has already failed.

Repairs will be paid for through a fund set up to cover emergency repair projects such as this one, Clarke said.