EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. — Drivers in Dubuque who are crossing the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois are taking a new route.
Repair work is keeping the Julien Dubuque Bridge closed until July 31st. That means a congested detour for drivers.
The detour takes people driving from Dubuque up to the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge to enter Illinois.
Inching their way through bumper to bumper traffic, drivers are adjusting to what’s shaping up to be a stressful ten days.
“When you’re in the traffic you hate it. That’s just the way it is,” said David Bonnett.
The East Dubuque Public Library sits right at the crossroads of where the detoured traffic meets.
Library employee Rose Whisler said, “From about noon on it’s been a lot of trucks going by and up the highway.”
Across the now busy street, “Finally R Place” bar owner Kathy Reisen is trying to grab some attention.
“We’re just running a little special. We’re hoping to get some of that traffic to stop in here. $1.50 Busch Light cans,” said Resien.
Up above the traffic, on the Julien Dubuque Bridge, crews are busy replacing the bridge’s deck joints. The Iowa Department of Transportation says that helps keep the bridge stable and secure.
Safety is something frequent bridge users say is worth the traffic tie ups.
“It was built back in the World War 2 era and I think back then there were no short cuts. When it was built it was built to last,” said Whisler.
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