Garage and shed from Hwy. 18 moved to Mt. Hope, house will be torn down

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By Correne Martin

Drivers who were out and about in Bridgeport Sunday morning may have found themselves behind a slow-moving, oversized load being hauled by Heritage Movers to its business in rural Mt. Hope.

The garage and shed, previously owned by Von and Jean Denlinger and located at 38374 Highway 18 on the east side of the highway, was moved around 7:30 a.m. to Heritage Movers’ property at 12527 Garthwaite Lane, Mt. Hope.

“It took us two hours and 15 minutes to go 18 miles,” third-generation Heritage Movers Owner Russell Childs said. “We had four state patrol cars escort us.”

The moving company received a permit from the DOT to move the oversized load. Childs said it was difficult to plan when to transport the structures due to the unpredictable weather, as of late.
The Denlinger home that also stood on the property will be razed, according to Jay Adams, project leader for the four-lane, U.S. 18 reconstruction project that started March 14.

“That property was acquired by the DOT during the real estate acquisition portion of the project. The home didn’t need to be moved but the new road was going to be so close to it (that it just made sense),” Adams said.

This week, project contractors are busy doing bridge, culvert and dirt work. “We plan to make use of the existing lanes and push all traffic to the one side while we build the four lanes,” Adams stated, in an update Tuesday.

“The eastbound and westbound lanes will be reduced to 12 feet in width and, at the end of the week, the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph on the side closest to [Prairie du Chien],” Adams continued. “So we’d like to see drivers slowing down, using caution and driving more safely.”

The landscape in Bridgeport certainly has a different look to it since the project began a month ago. Adams added that drivers will see “a lot of traffic staging and traffic control” all summer long, as the existing highway will be used for traffic throughout construction this season and next.

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