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DOT Considers Closing Mile Long Bridge During Strong Winds

Posted: Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 6:30 am


The Iowa Department Of Transportation, DOT, is considering closing the Mile Long Bridge anytime there are sustained winds exceeding 50 mph. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat tells KNIA/KRLS News that the DOT met with area law enforcement, first responders and road crews last week to discuss the possible new high-wind protocol. Goemaat says it’s not uncommon to have high winds after a snow storm, and there would be concern with the amount of traffic diverted on county roads if the bridge was closed. Goemaat says no formal action has been taken yet, and a bridge study is currently being done before more information will be known.