Plans to renovate Rainbow Arch Bridge put on hold

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- Plans to renovate the Rainbow Arch Bridge in Chippewa Falls have been put on hold.

Mayor Greg Hoffman says issues with funding have delayed plans.
Hoffman says repairs for the bridge were expected to cost about $300,000, but now are reaching about $500,000. He says the renovations are in the hands of the state because 80-percent of the plans are federally funded.

The bridge was originally planned to be renovated by February 2013, then it was pushed to February 2015 and now Hoffman says it could be 2016 until the bridge is renovated.

The Rainbow Bridge was constructed in 1916 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 25th,1982. Since then, the Chippewa Falls community has embraced it as one of its most prominent features.

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