BNSF Resumes Tolling Autos On Iowa Bridge

The Hawk Eye reports, this morning, BNSF Railway resumed toll collection on its double-deck, swing span toll bridge in Fort Madison, Iowa, for the first time since the 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Toll rates (starting at $2.00) are unchanged for crossing the Mississippi River from Iowa into Illinois. Tolls are not collected on traffic traveling from Illinois.

Fort Madison Daily Democrat reported in October that bridge auto traffic was subjected to a temporary three-ton weight limit after an inspection revealed “a condition” in the structure. “The discovery followed a planned inspection and highway bridge re-rating process.” (There has been no recent public update on the span’s condition.)