The 1,100-foot Mississippi River Bridge connecting Iowa Highway 9 in Lansing, Iowa to Wisconsin Highway 82 in rural Crawford County, Wisconsin stands as an icon for the region. You may have heard of this impressive cantilever bridge referred to as the Black Hawk Bridge. The structure has served the area since 1931 with a closure from 1945 to 1957 when it was damaged by ice dams. Depreciation over time and changing vehicle size and traffic patterns now call for a new, wider, safer crossing.

Working with you through public meetings and other outreach efforts, we’re proud to get started on a safe, functional, and beautiful bridge that will serve the area for generations. What we heard loud and clear is how iconic this structure us it to the region. We don’t take that lightly and have done everything we can to mimic the things you love about the current bridge in the new one.

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Project Updates

Sept. & Oct. 2023

MOBILIZATION! You should see lots of big equipment and loads of materials show up at the construction site as the contractor crews move in.

2024 & 2025

After the construction crews settle in, you should see the new bridge gradually rise out of the water as each piece is finished from deep below the muddy Mississippi riverbed to the tall peaks of the new steel truss. Local streets such as Front Street, Henry Street, and Hale Street could be closed for an extended period of time while the section of the new bridge over the railroad and Front Street is constructed.

The current bridge is expected to remain open during this period.

You can find additional details posted here once construction is underway.


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