Disaster proclamation issued for Lansing bridge repair

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently issued a disaster proclamation for Allamakee and Clayton County in response to a sudden structural failure of the Lansing bridge on Feb. 25. The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through March 30.  

The governor’s proclamation activates the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Repair (ER) Program which authorizes emergency relief funding to cover the costs of repair or reconstruction of federal-aid routes that have suffered severe damage as a result of sudden structural failure.  

The bridge was closed on Feb. 25, 2024, after it was discovered that two of the bridge piers shifted, making the bridge unsafe for traffic.

During the repair process, portions of the bridge deck will be removed, leaving large gaps in the bridge surface. The bridge is not safe for pedestrian use and will be closed to all traffic during repairs.

The bridge will not reopen until it is safe for public use. The repairs are expected to be complete by late April.

Construction continues on the new bridge adjacent to the existing bridge.  Project completion is anticipated in 2026.

For more information go to the Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing website or Facebook page.

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