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Dubuque bridge across Mississippi reopens early

A key bridge over the Mississippi River has reopened several days ahead of schedule to ease commutes between Iowa and Illinois.

The Julien Dubuque Bridge reopened Saturday after 5 ½ days of repairs, so drivers will no longer be forced to take a 10-mile detour into Wisconsin.

The bridge closed last Monday, so its deck joints could be replaced. Workers had to remove part of the bridge to do the work.

The contractor had 10 days to complete the job, but the state also offered $20,000 per day for each day ahead of schedule the $920,000 project was completed.

Iowa Transportation Department officials say more work will be done on the piers underneath the bridge, but that won't affect traffic.

posted : July, 27th by KXEL

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