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News Release
June 6, 2012



MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811


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Hwy 53 single-lane traffic bypass begins June 11 in Cotton


DULUTH, Minn. — Hwy 53 motorists will be restricted to a single-lane bypass in Cotton from Monday, June 11, to late-August as crews begin work on a new bridge over the Paleface River. The bypass is less than a mile long; however, motorists may encounter backups.


The new Paleface River Bridge will be the first bridge built in Minnesota using precast deck panels. Use of precast deck panels instead of traditional cast-in-place deck construction reduces construction time and traffic impacts. Statistics also show that this construction method helps reduce worker injuries.

The new bridge will also be safer for motorists. The deck will be coated with an epoxy chip seal, which provides better skid resistance.


“MnDOT continually looks for ways to use innovative construction technologies that more quickly and efficiently improve safety, reduce congestion and create high-quality, long-lasting highways and bridges,” said Andy Johnson, MnDOT project engineer.


“Using precast deck panels on this project will provide short-term and long-term mobility and safety benefits.”

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