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More truck traffic expected in downtown Portage as county workers seek to repair bridge on semi route

Brad AllenMay 29, 2019

Businesses and residents can expect more semi trailers in downtown Portage in the weeks to come as trucks are rerouted as part of a bridge closure.

Columbia County Highway Commissioner Chris Hardy said the Fox River bridge on Highway E about three miles south of Dalton closed a month earlier than expected after March flooding delayed a planned construction project.

Hardy said erosion has affected the bridge. Highway workers planned to strengthen the bridge supports and remove weight restrictions of 40 tons.

Those plans were placed on hold in late March, and Hardy said his department is working with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials to get new permits to fix the bridge and reopen it by the end of June.

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