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Authorities say an approximately 10 foot piece of cosmetic concrete fell from the bridge
MARQUETTE (KWWL) -
Authorities have reopened the Highway 18 bridge connecting Marquette, Iowa and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin after it was closed for nearly 3 hours.
The Iowa State Patrol reports a passerby reported seeing "something fall off the bridge."
Dennis Pellock is Highway Commissioner for Crawford County. He says the bridge was immediately closed after these reports.
"I received a phone call a little after 1 p.m. from the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and shortly after from the Clayton County Sheriff's Department saying that there was some witnesses of something that looked like a large thing about 10 feet long, some described it as the size of a small vehicle falling off the bottom of the bridge." Said Pellock.
Inspectors with the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation were immediately contacted to check if there were any structural problems with the bridge.
Joe Langeberg is a Bridge Inspector with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Langeberg along with others inspected the bridge.
"We went out on a boat and looked at the section where he saw it come from and there was a new area of concrete that had fallen off of the haunch over the main channel." Said Langeberg.
Pellock says the bridge has a history of structural problems. The bridge was first closed due to structural problems soon after opening more than 30 years ago.
After checking out, inspectors did not find any safety concerns and it reopened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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