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News Release
May 16, 2012



MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811


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Northbound I-535 lanes at Blatnik Bridge in Duluth to close May 14


DULUTH, Minn. — The northbound lanes of I-535 at the Blatnik Bridge will close Monday, May 14 and will remain closed until mid-summer. The Hwy 2 Bong Bridge may be used as an alternate northbound river crossing.


The I-535 southbound lanes will remain open; however, motorists may encounter brief, single-lane closures.


The lane closures are necessary as work begins on a two-year preservation project designed to extend the life of the bridge.


Motorists are asked to drive with caution and at posted speeds as crews work in the narrow confines of the closed lanes. 


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