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Julien Dubuque bridge construction may be ahead of schedule

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

As workers wrap up the second day of construction on the Julien Dubuque/U.S. Highway 20 bridge, the Iowa Department of Transportation says it's possible the job may wrap up early.

Early Monday morning, the Julien Dubuque bridge, which connects Dubuque to East Dubuque, Ill. over the Mississippi River, closed to all traffic for a 10-day period of construction.

On Tuesday afternoon, Iowa DOT resident construction engineer Hugh Holak said workers were on track to finish by the end of the day two of the seven deck joints they're replacing throughout the project. The deck joints make up the most significant part of the work.

Holak said later in the week he'll have a better sense of whether the crews are ahead of schedule - and just how far ahead. For now, he said, they're making good time.

The project is set to cost about $920,000, a cost which will be split between Iowa and Illinois.

The bridge's pedestrian and bicyclist path will remain open throughout the duration of the construction.

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