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Bridge closure impacts town of Sabula

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A bridge in one area city was shut down over safety concerns.

It's located on the north side of Sabula in Jackson County.

For the next few months, people there will have to adjust to not using the bridge. The Iowa Department  of Transportation closing it down after the road started sinking. It was in the process of being replaced.

Located on the main road in town, people said the closure is a hassle. It's the way many drive to nearby Savanna, Illinois, crossing the Mississippi River.

Hop'n Shop gas station owner, Kristi Mussmann said commutes will be longer. "Several people work in Savanna, including my husband, so he has to drive an hour one way, and an hour back, so a two hour a day trip."

Mussman said it'll also affect her business. "My business is gonna be cut probably in half if not more. We get a lot of people from Savanna."

But, instead of opting for a longer drive, there might soon be an alternative. 

Fred Bresette, 88, occasionally runs his ferry across the river.  "Gonna get my ferry going and start hauling people back...takes about 20 minutes. Saves them at least an hour," he said.

Bresette hopes to begin next week.

It'll be some time before the bridge re-opens. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, possibly in May around Memorial Day.

There is also another bridge near Sabula that connects to Savanna, Illinois. The Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge recently underwent an $80 million dollar replacement. 

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