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Dubuque County bridge moved to city


DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The trip from Fillmore to Dubuque usually only takes about 20 minutes. Tuesday it took four hours. But that's because crew from three utility companies, as well as numerous engineers and law enforcement. Escorted the Historic White Water Creek Bridge to it's new home in Dubuque's Industrial Park.

It's not uncommon to hear and see semi's on Sundown Road. Or utility trucks for that matter.

"This is pretty awesome to see something like this come in front of you," Rick Demmers said.

But Tuesday morning Rick Demmer and his family witnessed history.

"How do you haul it and what do you do and how you get this stuff moved around?" Demmer said.

It was a parade of sorts, as dozens of utility trucks, law enforcement vehicles and the occasional passing car strolled down Sundown Road, escorting a more than century old bridge.

"They were everywhere from Alliant to Maquoketa to ITC that all had to partner with us to have these lines temporarily moved over head so that we could get the bridge by," Dubuque City Engineer Bob Schiesl said.

Perhaps the hardest feet, turning onto highway 20 and blocking traffic for miles.

"I'm sure it was quite a sight for citizens to see this bridge coming down the road," Schiesl said.

Making it's way through town, the White Water Creek Bridge, fittingly cross a bridge of its own. Before it's final destination in Dubuque's Industrial Park West. Where it will be crossed once again, this time by bicyclists.

"It's not a sight you see everyday," Schiesl said.

And become a sight to see.

"That's for sure," Schiesl said.

By the way, that bridge will be refurbished intro the pedestrian bike system.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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