Sunday’s accident on the Michigan Street Bridge is under review at the Door County Highway Department. No one was inured, but the front of the recreational vehicle involved was crushed when it was struck by the bridge’s counterweight. The accident tied up the bridge for more than an hour and caused virtual gridlock on several of streets in Sturgeon Bay. It appears that the driver became confused and traveled too close to the bridge’s large counterweight during an opening of the span. The bridge-tender, who was operating the Michigan Street Bridge by remote control from the Maple to Oregon Street Bridge, apparently did not see the recreational vehicle before beginning the opening process. Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says everything will be done to make sure that such an accident never happens again…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/N937.mp3|titles=N937]
Kolodziej says the incident will be studied from a number of perspectives…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/N938.mp3|titles=N938]
All three bridges in Sturgeon Bay are actually owned by the State of Wisconsin and operated by employees hired by the Door County Highway Department.