Dubuque Bridge Closing

July  18, 2014

      A major headache for motorists in the Dubuque area begins on Monday (7/21). The Julien Dubuque Bridge that carries Highway 20 across the Mississippi River to East Dubuque, will close completely for ten days for repairs. 

      Hugh Holak, resident construction engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation, says a contractor will replace the deck joints.

      "By replacing them, it keeps the salt and road drainage from getting on to the truss and the sub-structure of the bridge. It minimizes the corrosion that could shorten the lifespan of the bridge."

      The bridge carries about 20,000 vehicles a day. And traffic will detoured to the Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge and Highway 61. 

      Holak says the contractor will be penalized 20,000 dollars a day if the work is not done in time.

      "And by having the penalties set that way, it encourages the contractor to work extremely long hours. They're going to be working from 5 am until about 11 pm - shooting for 18 hours a day."

      The Julien Dubuque Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic, but pedestrians and bike riders will be able to cross. The bridge is scheduled to re-open on July 31st. 


(photo: courtesy of the city of Dubuque and www.markhirschphoto.com)