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News Release

December 1, 2008




Minnesota Department of Transportation
1123 Mesaba Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

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Oliver Bridge to close for two weeks




DULUTH, Minn.— The Canadian National Railroad will close the Oliver Bridge in western Duluth to all weekday highway traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, to Friday, Dec. 19. The bridge will be open to traffic on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14.


This closure is necessary to allow the CNR to make various repairs and renovations to the structure's upper railroad portion.


The double-decked Oliver Bridge is owned by CNR. It carries Minnesota Highway 39 and Wisconsin Highway 105 traffic on the lower deck.


The highway level of the bridge was retrofitted in 2001 under a $7 million public/private partnership between the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad, the 92-year-old bridge's previous owner.


During these daily closures the recommended alternative routes between Duluth and Superior are the Interstate 535 John A. Blatnik Memorial Bridge or the U.S. Highway 2 Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge.


The Oliver Bridge was constructed across the St. Louis River in 1916 by the Interstate Transfer Railway Company, a Wisconsin corporation, under special federal authorization from the 60th Congress (Session I, Chapter 31, February 20, 1908).


Motorists should log on to www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for current road and weather conditions.





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