Savanna-Sabula bridge finally opens to traffic, ferry closes

September 3, 2018

SABULA, Iowa – After repeated delays, The Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge is finally open to traffic.

The bridge reopened Friday, and the free ferry service provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation between Savanna and Sabula to help commuters with a 36-mile detour was discontinued Sunday.

Intermittent lane closures will be needed in the coming days, although traffic will be able to cross the bridge during that time.

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.

That timeline was pushed back again in July, to Sept. 3, after high water levels caused the project contractor to wait on completing the bridge pier caps.

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