Duluth, Mn ----- Starting on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, District 1 of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will intermittently close the 130 year old Highway 65 Bridge crossing the Littlefork River, near the Koochiching County community of Silverdale, for engineering & safety inspection.
According to Mn/DOT District Bridge Supervisor, Gary Elmquist, this inspection work will occur during daylight hours and will last through Thursday, July 12, 2007, weather and structural findings permitting.
During this time, motorists are advised to use Koochiching County Highways 74, 528 and 75 as a detour around the bridge.
Emergency vehicles needing to cross the bridge will be accommodated by the work crew.
Elmquist said that motorists can also wait at the bridge, where Mn/DOT staff will reopen the bridge to motor vehicle traffic periodically.
This wood decked bridge was built in 1877 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Around 1937, this 378 foot long wrought iron bridge was disassembled, transported and re-established at its current location to allow Highway 65 to go over the Little Fork River in this very remote wilderness area.
The Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company of Glenwood, Mn has started work on constructing a new bridge over the Littlefork River just downstream from the Silverdale Bridge. During this $6 million project, the present Silverdale Bridge will carry Highway 65 traffic until the new bridge is completed late in 2008.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Special Assistant to the District Engineer
Mn/DOT Northeast District
1123 Mesaba Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Office Phone: 218-725-2708
Cell Phone: 218-590-1571
Home Phone: 218-722-0663
Mn/DOT District 1 Bridge Supervisor
Office phone: 218-742-1107
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