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Railroad bridge hit twice in less than a week in Walker's Point

Posted at 10:39 PM, Jul 11, 2018

It happened again. A truck stuck under a railroad bridge in Walker's Point shutting down traffic near 1st and Becher for most of the day. It's the second time in as many months. 

The push and pull of a semi truck has people in Bay View stopping to watch.

"When I seen the police up there I automatically knew what happened," said Greg Burks who commute on KK regularly.

A semi got stuck under the railroad bridge on Kinnickinnic Avenue. 

"It's kind of crazy how they keep doing it. It just keeps happening," said Ryan Mueller. 

Jennifer Heinen who co-owns The Bottle took a picture of the last time a semi was stuck was last week.

"The truck is stuck and they had to saw the stack of it to get it out," said Heinen.

Bay View Alderman Tony Zielinski said city workers have come out to assess the bridge because of the semis hitting the bridge and it measured taller than expected.

"As you can see there's a sign posted right there the height of the bridge. There's a sign on Maple letting people know the height of the bridge and even though the sign says 12 feet 9 inches it's actually higher than that. We give an extra leeway just in case," said Zielinski.

But that leeway was not enough Wednesday and it took hours to get this truck upright. It left people in the middle of their commute home stuck in traffic and demanding change.

"This bridge here they need to put a warning sign here. Let them know this underpass here is too low for them," said Greg Burks.

The bridge itself is owned by the railroad so the city cannot touch it. But Zielinski said they are looking into other ways to warn drivers of the low bridge.