Iowa Highway 175 bridge reopens between Onawa and Decatur, NE - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Iowa Highway 175 bridge reopens between Onawa and Decatur, NE


The moving of barricades was a welcome sound for residents of Decatur, Nebraska. The bridge over the Missouri River has been closed since June 27th because of flooding. When the roadblocks were moved, cars were already lined up and waiting to cross.

For the residents that have endured months of detours, as much as an hour long, the commute between Decatur and Onawa just got a whole lot better.

Decatur, NE resident Rhonda Vavra said, "It's exciting, but kind of scary at the same time.  Because this is I'm thinking okay, is the bridge safe enough? You know there was an incentive to get it done early, so is it going to be safe enough for us?"

While a few might still be skeptical, businesses that have endured a loss of traffic and customers say this couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's affected the whole area just because of simple day to day things. There are restaurants in Decatur that are frequented by Onawa residents and we can't get there.  And it hurt Decatur and it hurt Onawa.  And we will be back on track. So it's good," said Maddie Brown of Onawa, IA.

Iowa Highway 175 was closed because of a large scour hole that formed around the bridge piers. It's been filled and the roadway stabilized and is now deemed safe for travel.  Some additional work on the dike will be done while the road is open.

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