Julien Dubuque Bridge closure impacts East Dubuque residents
EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -
The heavily traveled Julien Dubuque Bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed for approximately 10 days beginning Mon., July 21 to replace deck joints on the bridge.
The closure will mean a detour for thousands of drivers. Motorists traveling to East Dubuque and Illinois will be detoured to the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge and will be directed to enter Illinois via Wisconsin Highway 11 and Wisconsin/Illinois Highway 35.
The closure means some East Dubuque residents who work in Dubuque will have a longer commute starting on Monday.
Jim Connely makes his way to Dubuque from East Dubuque, Ill. at least two times a day.
"I take the bridge over to work at McGraw Hill. My wife works at the Calico Bean Market. So each of us use it one way there and one way back," Connely said.
Connely said he is bracing for a longer commute to get across the Mississippi River.
"It's going to be a minor inconvenience. The big thing is that we have known about this for a while so it's just going to require us to plan a little bit better. We just want to make sure that we get our son to daycare on time and that we are not late for work," Connely said.
Connely said he plans to leave a half hour early to get to work during the 10 day closure. He said he also plans to check out other routes to get to Dubuque.
"What I'll probably do is test one route out one day and then try another on another day to see if one is better than the other," Connely said.
Connely said in the end the inconvenience will be worth having a safe bridge.
The pedestrian/bike trail on the Julien will remain open during the $920,000 construction project.
The scheduled 10-day closure will begin at 6 a.m. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) says it plans to reopen the bridge on Thu., July 31.