Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing has officially reopened

LANSING, Iowa – Following repairs and rigorous safety testing, the existing Mississippi River Bridge connecting Lansing, Iowa, and Crawford County, Wisconsin, reopened at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

The bridge has been closed since Feb. 25 after two of the piers moved, creating an unexpected buckle of the bridge. Our contracting partner, Kraemer North America, worked diligently to replace the piers. The new piers are supported by steel pipe pilings reaching more than 100 feet into bedrock compared to the previous pilings that were placed more than 90 years ago and reach approximately 40 feet deep.

The trusses removed and reset as part of the bridge pier repair project were inspected according to the National Bridge Inspection Standards. This inspection was performed by a qualified bridge inspector. The inspector was trained in the inspection of fracture-critical members and all other bridge components per national standards. No defects were found to restrict the reopening of the bridge to regular vehicular traffic.

If you travel on the bridge from the Wisconsin side, you’ll notice new, temporary traffic signals on Wisconsin Highway 82 near the bridge. The signals are a safety feature put in place to stop traffic only when the contractor needs to move equipment and materials delivered to the job site. The signals are expected to remain “green” the majority of the time and should not impede traffic.

Because the new bridge is open, water taxi and shuttle service between Iowa and Wisconsin has ended.

Thank you for your patience during this unexpected event.

Work on the new bridge is moving forward as expected. For more information on the construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing, go to where you can sign up to receive updates directly to your inbox or check out our Facebook page

*The Iowa Department of Transportation contributed to this story.

Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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