Work on Marquette-Joliet Bridge starts March 23

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Late last week, motorists crossing the Marquette-Joliet Bridge were greeted with signs warning of upcoming construction. Extensive work on the bridge is set to begin on Monday, March 23, and could take up to seven months to complete.

Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien is set to begin Monday, March 23.

According to a project proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), work will include deck and parapet repairs, new pavement and guardrail replacement, as well as pier and abutment repairs on the bridge’s underside. 

In communication with the city of Marquette, the DOT said the project is anticipated to take up to seven months to complete.

Crawford County Highway Commissioner Kyle Kozelka said motorists should expect lane closures and delays. The Sturgeon Slough parking lot between the Iowa and Wisconsin portions of the bridge will be closed to the public so equipment can park there.

Requests to the Wisconsin DOT for additional information on the project were not returned by press time. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for March 19 in La Crosse, Wis., after which the paper will provide more details.

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