WI bridge that washed out re-opened
UPDATE: Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock says the Highway 82 bridge that washed out Tuesday on the Wisconsin side re-opened around 11 a.m. Friday.
The Crawford County Sheriff says the road was filled in with rock and covered with cement on Thursday. Pelock also says other problem areas were checked.
UPDATE: Sheriff Dale McCullick tells TV9 workers have filled in the washout with rock and started laying cement on Wednesday. The road is still scheduled to be open this weekend.
Iowa and Wisconsin authorities have closed access to a Mississippi River bridge because of a roadway washout on the Wisconsin side that led to a fatal crash.
Crawford County, Wisconsin Sheriff Dale McCullick says another driver witnessed the washout and the accident around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday on Iowa Highway 82, which runs to the Black Hawk Bridge over to Lansing, Iowa. Water completely covered the vehicle.
Crews removed the body of 59-year-old James Walleser of Lansing around 8:30 a.m. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says Walleser was driving to work when it happened.
McCullich told La Crosse, Wisconsin, station WXOW the washout hole was around 10 feet deep. He hopes the highway can be reopened by the weekend.
The Mississippi River has experienced high river levels in recent days. The Sheriff's Office says the highway appeared to have been undercut due to the high water, which caused the road to erode and fall into the river.
Records show the bridge is considered functionally obsolete.
Motorists who want to cross can go north to La Crescent, Minnesota, opposite La Crosse, Wisconsin, or south to Marquette, Iowa, opposite Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
Crews with the Crawford County Highway Department are now fixing the roadway.
Many agencies helped in this incident: De Soto Fire / First Responders, Ferryville Fire / First Responders, Lansing Fire / First Responders, Lansing Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Nature Resources, US Fish & Wildlife, La Crosse County Dive Team, Milo’s Towing Service, Crawford County Highway Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Highway 82 is closed between Lansing, Iowa and Wisconsin due to a wash out.
The Crawford County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Office confirms a portion of the road has washed out, forcing the closure.
The 511WI website says Highway 82 is closed in both directions at Highway 35 in Wisconsin due to a serious accident.
Stay with KCRG-TV9 for more information as it becomes available.