Weight Limit Lifted on Michigan Street Bridge

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced that weight restrictions on the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay have been lifted following an inspection Thursday morning of damage to the 85-year old structure from an incident last week. A 20-ton limit was imposed on the bridge following a vehicle strike to multiple overhead beams. After conducting a thorough inspection, bridge engineers Thursday deemed the span safe for vehicles over 20 tons. The engineers lifted the weight restriction and, along with it, the requirement that vehicles over 20 tons must use the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge. A backhoe being towed by a semi-truck exceeded the downtown bridges height limit and struck the support beams at about 6:30PM Friday. The DOT will release repair details for the overhead beams on the Michigan Street Bridge following an analysis of the inspections.

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