Bridge safe for vehicles over 20-tons
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office is announcing weight restrictions have been lifted following an inspection this morning of damage to the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. A 20-ton weight-limit was imposed on the bridge following a vehicle strike to overhead beams by an over-height vehicle Friday.
WisDOT Bureau of Structures and Northeast Region bridge engineers conducted an inspection this morning (Thursday, April 28) and deemed the structure safe for vehicles over 20-tons. The weight restriction and requirement for vehicles over 20-tons to use the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge is no longer in effect, beginning immediately. Construction crews will change the detour signing for the Bayview Bridge closure back to the original detour over the Michigan Street Bridge by end of day tomorrow.
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 was restricted to vehicles under 20 tons.
WisDOT will release repair details for the overhead beams on the Michigan Street Bridge following analysis of the inspection.