For the past 2½ weeks, Dubuque has had a conversation piece along its beautiful riverfront -- a wrecked barge lodged against the Julien Dubuque Bridge.
The evening of June 9, some barges broke loose from their towboat and one rammed into the bridge. The span was closed for about 18 hours, until inspectors gave it the all-clear for vehicular traffic.
And the barge remains, apparently until river levels recede enough to allow its removal. It gives folks using the River Walk something to view and discuss.