Now we just have to get in the habit of stopping for the stop signs on the bridge below the dam. I asked the county the reason for them and this is the reply they sent.
The stop signs are for logging trucks. They are coming at 90,000 to 120,000 pounds and bouncing on the weak bridge deck. The cars have to obey the same stop signs.
I asked, Was looking at the sign by the bridge today and am wondering why the trucks are allowed to carry that much weight when the bridge has a sign that states it is a 40 ton bridge. shouldn't it be restricted so they aren't overloading it.
The answer I received;
Bridge has been submitted in STP Bridge Program for possible funding this spring. (WisDOT). If picked, construction may happen in two to three years. It's all about money.
Lincoln County received a Structure Condition Evaluation Report from MSA Professional Services (Engineering) on December 15, 2016. Their recommendations were as follows:
Decrease the loading to 40 ton to decrease the accelerated deterioration of bridge deck.
All other vehicle loading over 40 ton should be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Consider lowering the posted speed limit at the bridge to reduce impact load.
Inspect the bridge every 12 months. Each inspection should evaluate load posting and lower as necessary based on observed conditions.
Based on the evaluation done by MSA the Highway Committee decided to post the bridge, install stop signs to reduce impact loads and evaluated every 12 months and submit for funding to replace bridge. One of the major factors for this approach is materials being supplied to PCA Mill and the economic impact it has on Lincoln County.
And I thought we were stopping for boat traffic ! ! !