Free Water Taxi between Iowa and Wisconsin

Free water taxi service between Iowa and Wisconsin will be in place for passengers until repairs are made to the existing bridge.

The water taxi is accessible to all riders and will shuttle you between the Lansing Marina in Iowa and Big Slough Landing in Wisconsin.

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Attention icon On Sunday, Feb. 25, the Iowa Department of Transportation was alerted to unexpected movement on the existing Mississippi River Bridge connecting Iowa Highway 9 in Lansing, Iowa to Wisconsin Highway 82 in rural Crawford County, Wisconsin. The bridge was closed as a result of this discovery. After thoroughly inspecting the bridge, engineers have determined there has been movement in two existing bridge piers near the work zone.

Work is in process to stabilize the two impacted piers so we can reopen the bridge as quickly as possible. During the repair process, portions of the bridge deck will be removed, leaving large gaps in the bridge surface. The bridge is not safe for pedestrian use and will be closed to all traffic during repairs. The bridge will not reopen until it is safe for public use. The repairs are expected to be complete by late April.

You can also find updates here or on the Mississippi River Bridge at the Lansing Facebook page.

Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing – looking east

The more than 1,700-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 is 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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