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Savanna bridge opening delayed again; pushed back to mid-Sept.

Thomas Industrial Coatings workers paint the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge between Savanna and Sabula, Iowa, on June 1. The opening ofbridge has been delayed yet again.
Thomas Industrial Coatings workers paint the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge between Savanna and Sabula, Iowa, on June 1. The opening ofbridge has been delayed yet again.

SABULA, Iowa – The opening of the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge has been delayed yet again.

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that high water levels have forced the project contractor to wait on completing the bridge pier caps, delaying the opening until a few weeks after Labor Day, when the bridge had been scheduled to open.

The $81 million bridge between Sabula and Savanna opened in November, but was closed in February after a 50-foot section of an attached 350-foot causeway just east of Sabula collapsed.

The bridge was first scheduled to reopen in May but that was pushed to July because of problems with sandy soil. Then, that timeline was pushed back again, to Sept. 3.

The Iowa DOT established a ferry service between Savanna and Sabula to help commuters with a 36-mile detour as work continues.

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