Backhoe struck bridge beams Friday evening
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office is announcing the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door County will close to all traffic on Thursday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. WisDOT Bureau of Structures engineers and Northeast Region bridge engineers will conduct a follow-up inspection of bridge component parts and assess needed repairs following a vehicle strike on the overhead support beams. WisDOT will release results of the inspection following analysis of the findings.
The Michigan Street Bridge is currently OPEN to traffic, but remains under a weight-restriction for vehicles over 20 tons. Overweight vehicles will use the Maple Street/Oregon Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay to cross the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. A signed detour is posted.
A backhoe being towed by a semi-truck struck multiple overhead support beams on Friday, April 22 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Maintenance crews closed the bridge to all traffic, inspected the damage, and reopened the bridge Saturday morning. However, as a precaution the bridge is restricted to vehicles under 20 tons until results of the follow-up inspection.