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“Clock is ticking” says Sen. Pfaff on Lansing bridge repairs that were said to take a month



The bridge linking Wisconsin and Iowa at Lansing could be open again within 30 days.

That word comes from La Crosse State Senator Brad Pfaff, who has spoken with transportation officials from the two states about repairs to the Black Hawk bridge, which has been closed for a month.

Some structural movement was reported on the old bridge in February, apparently related to construction of a new bridge nearby.

Pfaff said he’ll be at a Thursday meeting with the Wisconsin DOT to get an update from the Iowa DOT, which is the lead on the repairs, on how the repairs are going.

“I’ve been told, a couple weeks ago, that within 30 days, this would be resolved,” PFaff said Monday on La Crosse Talk PM. “Well, the clock is ticking.”

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Pfaff, who represents the De Soto area on the east end of the bridge, noted the shutdown of that bridge due to structural problems causes an inconvenience to many drivers in the region.

“You live in Ferryville, or you live in Genoa, you have to drive all the way up to La Crosse here, the Cass Street bridge, or you have to drive all the way to Prairie du Chien in order to cross into Iowa,” Pfaff said, “and it has impacted people. And it impacts the business community, as well.”

A ferry boat service has been started near the bridge to avoid the long highway detours.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kent Porter

    March 26, 2024 at 6:14 am

    That is one fricking scary bridge to crosse !!!!!

  2. Kent Porter

    March 26, 2024 at 6:15 am

    Good , go arrest all the THUGS AND CRAY ZYS

  3. Center Court

    March 26, 2024 at 9:35 am

    Pfaff will be introducing a “convenience toll” for using the bridge when it re-opens.

    Also, the “bridge linking Wisconsin and Iowa”, otherwise known as the Black Hawk Bridge, will be renamed to “That River Bridge.”

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