County considers demolishing bridge, raising speed limit on portion of Middle Hesper Road

At least one rural Decorah bridge has outlived its usefulness and has become more of a safety hazard. Winneshiek County Engineer Michael Kueny shared his concerns about the old bridge during Monday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, and he recommended that the bridge be demolished.

Kueny said the dilapidated bridge is located on Middle Hesper Road just south of 337th Street, which turns into Big Canoe Road east of the Locust intersection, in Canoe Township.

“The county washed its hand of the bridge,” Kueny said. “Basically, the thought was that everything was vacated, and the bridge was ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for the county. Well, there’s no documentation [of that happening] that we can find anywhere.”

Full article in the April 18 Public Opinion Newspaper.

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David Leas
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1 month ago

I think its a good thing to do but the. Bridge is a landmark that should be saved if at all possible