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News Release
Aug. 23, 2012



MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811


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I-535/Blatnik Bridge traffic switch scheduled Aug. 27 in Duluth


DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth-bound lanes on the Interstate 535/Blatnik Bridge, which is undergoing a two-year maintenance project, will reopen to traffic Monday morning, Aug. 27. The Superior-bound lanes will close Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, and will remain closed until Oct. 19.


Superior-bound motorists may use the Bong Bridge as an alternate route.


Duluth-bound motorists may encounter temporary, single-lane closures until Oct. 19 or whenever the project ends for the season. 

If weather allows, some painting may continue on the bridge after Oct. 19 and motorists may encounter temporary, single-lane closures.


Work will resume in May 2013 on the two-year rehabilitation project.


More information on the project can be found at


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