Lansing bridge ‘movement’ prompts up to two-month closure

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The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) was alerted Feb. 25 to unexpected movement on the existing Mississippi River Bridge connecting Iowa Highway 9 in Lansing to Wisconsin Highway 82 in rural Crawford County, Wisconsin. The bridge was closed as a result of this discovery, an IDOT report said.

“After thoroughly inspecting the bridge, engineers have determined there has been movement in two existing bridge piers near the work zone,” the IDOT report said. “Work is already in progress to stabilize the two impacted piers so we can reopen the bridge as quickly as possible. However, work is expected to take up to two months. The bridge will not be reopened until it is deemed safe.”

The nearest bridges for vehicle traffic to cross the Mississippi River are at La Crescent, Minnesota/Lacrosse, Wisconsin, or Marquette, Iowa/Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

“We are currently working on alternative transportation options for those who rely on the bridge,” the IDOT report concluded.

For updates on the bridge construction and optional transportation services, visit iowadot.gov/lansingbridge. Updates will be posted online, and visitors can sign up to receive more detailed updates. Find more information on the Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LansingBridge.

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