Drivers who use Marion Road north of Maple Street on a regular basis will notice a change to the typical driving routine on the bridge. After an inspection of the bridge on Friday afternoon, the northbound lane was quickly shut down due to visible signs of distress.
"I guess I wasn't really aware of it, but hopefully they'll get it fixed soon," driver Brook Rouillard said.
Portable stop signs were put in place to manage the flow of traffic and to keep it going at a reasonable rate. The closure is coming as somewhat of a shock to drivers.
"I am surprised. I guess maybe when we had a lot of rain it kind of flooded over, but otherwise it's fine," driver Phut Rathsachack said.
The bridge may seem small and rather insignificant at first glance, but the amount of traffic that uses it now is rather high.
"It's pretty busy. It's one of the main roads with construction now. It's as busy as the interstate would be or the Tea Ellis road," Rathsachack said.
Not everyone is completely surprised at the struggling bridge.
"The bridge on Maple Street here was just replaced a few years ago because it was bad. We just have to do a lot of infrastructure work on different bridges around here," driver Bill Steineke said.
The Marion Road bridge may be just one piece to a much larger state-wide issue.
"Ask any truck driver around here, there's places they can't go all the time because their bridges are in such poor shape," Steineke said.
The changes to the bridge were made quickly and quietly on Friday, which is taking a lot of drivers by surprise. One other thing drivers are talking about is that any changes to the bridge will affect travel immensely.
The entire bridge was scheduled to be rebuilt next year.
"It would put a big damper with all the construction that's going on now, this is kind of a main road for everybody to travel north and south," Rathsachack said.
Those repairs may need to come sooner rather than later, if only to ease the minds of drivers.
"Yeah, I kinda wonder about driving on the rest of it. I would not drive on it at all. If half of it is not safe, I wouldn't trust either side," Steineke said.
There is no timetable in place yet on any repairs to the bridge. The stoplights will be in place until further notice.