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The Arsenal bridge is closed to vehicles on the Iowa side after this semi became wedged under the railroad overpass Monday morning. September 19, 2011. (Larry Fisher/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Move over, Harrison Street railroad bridge. GPS has created a new monster.

The railroad overpass at Harrison and 5th streets in Davenport is THE truck-eating bridge, prolific in its appetite for wayward semis and their drivers who don't see the warning signs in time.

The Government Bridge is quickly making its mark.

About 8:30 a.m. Monday, a truck driver found out the hard way that his vehicle wouldn't squeeze under the railroad portion trying to cross Arsenal Island.

The truck's destination wasn't Rock Island Arsenal but a location in Rock Island.

"The construction down on River Drive is throwing off their GPS," Rock Island Arsenal Police Chief Larry Blocker said of truck drivers. "They need to be aware of their surroundings."

The Government Bridge periodically claims a wayward truck, Blocker said, but lately the pace has picked up. Three or four incidents have occurred since construction began in late August on River Drive.

The bridge wasn't damaged in Monday's incident, but the truck's cab and trailer were damaged. Traffic was shut down for about an hour.

Davenport Police Lt. Mike Venema said Davenport officers responded to the crash on the bridge but left it to Arsenal police.

He confirmed the Harrison Street bridge tends to be the more common obstacle semis hit.

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