BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison city officials and Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials have released times and dates for several closures of the swingspan bridge from Fort Madison to Illinois in the upcoming weeks and during the fall.
The first closure will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 and will be a three-hour single lane closure of the north bound lane for delivery and hoist of equipment. No times were provided for the three and four-hour closures of the bridge.
Wednesday, Oct. 4, will be the next closure with the northbound lane closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for additional delivery, off loading and hoisting of equipment at the toll booth.
Another single lane closure will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 for the removal of the existing west traffic gate and the installation of the new gate. This will be a full day closure from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. of the westbound or north lane. A 3-hour closure will follow on Thursday, Nov. 16 to test the new west traffic gate.
A single lane closure for the removal of the existing east traffic gate and the installation of the new gate will take place on Monday, Nov. 27. This will be a full-day closure from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. of the eastbound or south lane.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30th, both lanes will be closed for three hours to test the new eastbound traffic gate. On Monday, Dec. 4 crews will be doing a full 4-hour bridge closure to test the traffic controls and bridge operating systems.
BNSF officials said the durations of closures are fixed, but based on installation schedules, delivery of equipment and installation progress, some of the dates are subject to change.