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Dubuque Bridge Detour Worries Parents in East Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - A detour rerouting traffic to the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge means more cars and trucks rolling down usually quieter roads. And some people living along the detour have concerns about safety.

The Julien Dubuque Bridge is closed for some repair work. That means anyone driving between Iowa and Illinois has to take this detour using the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge to cross the Mississippi, and going through a residential area along Wisconsin Avenue in East Dubuque.

Gina Donovan says she and her children have gotten used to living along a street that’s also considered a highway.

Donovan said, “We don’t mind the noise. You know, it’s a highway. “

But she does mind the thousands of extra vehicles currently driving past her house. Especially the hundreds of drivers she says are speeding through this neighborhood.

“Somebody not slowing down in time and not being able to slam their brakes in time and actually hitting one of these kids,” said Donovan.

East Dubuque Police say they’ve stepped up efforts to catch speeders in that area, but police say so far they haven’t caught anyone in the act.

“I haven’t noticed anyone really getting pulled over. I notice the cops sit here at City Hall a lot and they go up and down the streets,” said Donovan.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says they’ll re-open the Julien Dubuque Bridge by July 31st.

Still Donovan says she’s terrified about what could happen in that short time.

Donovan said, “I want everybody to be aware that there are kids and yet it turns into a highway. But this part of the road is not a highway. “

l Comments: (563) 583-9999; katie.wiedemann@kcrg.com