This bridge on 210th Avenue, over a tributary to the Turkey River, collapsed Saturday. It was closed last Wednesday when a hole in the bridge approach was discovered.
This bridge on 210th Avenue, over a tributary to the Turkey River, collapsed Saturday. It was closed last Wednesday when a hole in the bridge approach was discovered.

A bridge in the southern part of the county that was closed last Wednesday collapsed Saturday.

It is located on 210th Avenue southwest of Ossian. According to Mike Shimak, assistant to the Winneshiek County engineer, a hole in one of the bridge approaches was discovered last week and it was closed to traffic. Saturday afternoon a county shop foreman was informed the bridge had collapsed.

Shimak said it's possible "dead man rods" used to help the tall structure handle lateral pressure, could have failed. Before the bridge was closed it was posted for a three-ton load limit.

County Engineer Lee Bjerke said the county has been aware the bridge was in bad shape and a preliminary design for a box culvert to replace it has been completed. However, permits still need to be obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources before work can proceed. Federal bridge replacement funds will be used for the project, he said.

Bjerke said the bridge would definitely be closed through the winter.