Cresco, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a small county-owned bridge has collapsed after a semitrailer weighing more than 10 times the bridge’s weight limit drove across it.
Winneshiek County Engineer Lee Bjerke says the collapse happened early Friday morning on Cattle Creek Road over the Upper Iowa River east of Cresco.
Bjerke says the small bridge had a weight limit of 3 tons (2.72 metric tons), about the weight of a pickup truck. A sign warning of the span’s limit was clearly posted. But Bjerke says a loaded grain truck estimated at more than 30 tons (27.22 metric tons) tried to cross it, causing the collapse. No one was injured.
Canoes and other water crafts have been barred from the stretch of river until debris from the collapsed bridge is cleared.