DOT: Work on bridge over Bloody Run Creek will continue through September

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Work is underway on a deck joint repair project on the U.S. Highway 18 bridge over Bloody Run Creek and a railroad track, just west of Marquette. The bridge was built in 1983, and this is the first repair project since that time. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

One lane of traffic will be closed during the deck joint repair project, and motorists will be directed through the work zone with the use of temporary traffic signals and barrier rail. Work is expected to last through late September.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Work is underway on a deck joint repair project on the U.S. Highway 18 bridge over Bloody Run Creek and a railroad track, just west of Marquette.

 

According to Ron Loecher with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), the bridge was built in 1983, and this is the first repair project since that time.

 

“Bridges in Iowa are reviewed every year or two for determining if any maintenance or repair work is needed, so within the last couple of years, it was determined this work was needed,” Loecher explained. “Over any seasonal cycle, bridges and pavement expand in the warm months and contract in the cold months. The joint openings, in the long run, continue to close, so need to be replaced.”

 

The $438,000 project is being completed by Wicks Construction of Decorah, Loecher said.

 

One lane of traffic will be closed during the project, and motorists will be directed through the work zone with the use of temporary traffic signals and barrier rail. 

 

Lane closures will continue until late September, according to the Iowa DOT’s New Hampton construction office. 

 

Because there is a steep grade and curve on U.S. 18 west of the project, signage is in place to give eastbound traffic advanced notice of the work zone. The speed limit has also been reduced to 35 mph and the far lane has been closed.

 

The DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. Drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts. 

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