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Front Street in Lansing Closed til Fall for Mississippi River Bridge Project 

Construction of the new Black Hawk Bridge over the Mississippi River bridge connecting northeast Iowa with southwest Wisconsin closed Front Street in Lansing last Friday (02.26).

That’s Pete Hjelmstad with the Mason City District office of the Iowa DOT, who says weather has allowed the bridge project to move forward at a steady pace, but Mother Nature’s cooperation could also present a challenge.

Hjelmstad adds that a new live webcam of the bridge construction launched last Wednesday (02.24) and is now available at

The DOT says federal funding will cover approximately 80% of the $140 million cost of the bridge, with the rest split between Iowa and Wisconsin.  The current bridge will remain in use until the new bridge is built.  

The Front Street closure in Lansing is expected to continue through the fall of 2024, with another closure of the street anticipated from the fall of 2025 through the summer of 2027.

For more information about the Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing, visit the Iowa DOT website page at or Facebook page at


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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