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Bridge closed until further notice

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Engineers say an eastern Iowa bridge over the Wapsi River may be sinking, and they're reviewing the best way to fix it.

The bridge is along East Bennington Road, and it crosses the Wapsipinicon River.

The bridge has been closed for a week, and it's affecting nearly 45 drivers a day in the area.

Right now, engineers are coming up with various options to get traffic moving again.

There are exposed nails, detached rails, and a sinking deck.

It's causing a problem for Black Hawk County engineers.

'Road Closed' signs were recently set on the road to block traffic from crossing the Wapsi along East Bennington Road, and workers say they closed the bridge last week.

However, someone threw those signs in the river, so construction workers had to recently dig barricades to block the road and remove the signs from the river.

Engineers say this is the only truss bridge in Black Hawk County, and one of the cement pilings is starting to sink into the river, causing the entire bridge to dip.

The railing is completely loose from the bridge, which makes it dangerous for people trying to pass.

A structural engineer assessed the bridge damage to come up with the best options to get traffic moving along East Bennington again, but at this point, they're not sure whether replacing or repairing the bridge is the best option.

Assistant County Engineer, Ryan Brennan, says it's too soon to tell how much the project will cost or how long it will take, because their biggest priority is to review the wear and tear while finding the best option that works for everyone.

According to a survey, Iowa has more structurally-deficient bridges than anywhere else in the nation, with nearly 20-percent of Iowa bridges in need of repairs.

If you'd like to review the progress of this bridge, you can click here.

Also, if you'd like to review the status of other bridges, you can click here.

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