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News Release
Feb. 17, 2012




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


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Blatnik Bridge public meetings set for Feb. 29, March 1


DULUTH, Minn. – Two public meetings are scheduled for  those who want to learn more about the Interstate 535 Blatnik Bridge rehabilitation project scheduled to begin in May 2012.


Project staff will be on hand to answer questions about the work being done, project schedule and traffic impacts.

The rehabilitation project includes steel and rail repair and replacement, painting and replacement of expansion joints. The proposed work will require that the decorative outline lighting be removed from the bridge. The lighting will not be replaced as part of the project.

The project is scheduled to begin in May 2012 and be completed by fall 2013. Funding for this $12 million project is being shared between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

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