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UPDATE: WisDOT announces Michigan St. Bridge in Sturgeon Bay to reopen, reporting safe for travel

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WEDNESDAY, 10/6/2021 4:00 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region has announced the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door Co. will reopen to traffic.

Officials report that Northeast Region bridge engineers have conducted an “initial” inspection of the bridge and are deeming it safe for travel.

According to a release, WisDOT is scheduling the bridge to reopen by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The release goes on to say that WisDOT Bureau of Structures and bridge engineers are also developing plans to repair the “overhead members” damaged by the truck.

So far, the repair scope, schedule, and costs are not determined.

UPDATE: Michigan St. Bridge in Sturgeon Bay closed until further notice, expect more traffic downtown

WEDNESDAY, 10/6/2021 2:38 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Wisconsin DOT has released additional information regarding a truck that hit several braces on the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday afternoon.

According to the release, the bridge will be closed to all traffic until further notice after a vehicle traveling southbound hit the top of the bridge leading up to the lift span around noon on Wednesday, October 6.

Following the inspection of the bridge, all details will be looked over by the WisDOT Bureau of Structures to determine if it will open again or remain closed.

All traffic should use the Maple Oregon Bridge or the Bayview Bridge. Drivers are also advised that there will be heavy traffic in downtown Sturgeon Bay so plan ahead.

Bridge in Sturgeon Bay temporarily closed, truck hit multiple braces

WEDNESDAY 10/6/2021 1:37 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Motorists planning on using the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay may want to find a new route, at least for the next few hours.

According to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the Michigan Street Bridge is temporarily closed after a truck hit multiple braces on the bridge. The bridge is only closed for vehicle traffic.

Inspectors are being sent to check on the bridge, but until the inspection is completed the bridge will be closed. The bridge sidewalk is still open for pedestrians and cyclists.

Authorities say they are hoping that the closure only lasts several hours.

There was no further information provided. Local 5 will continue to update this story.

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