Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 12, 2013

New Blatnik Bridge lighting system to be turned off temporarily in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — The new landmark lighting system on the Blatnik Bridge in Duluth will be turned off today so that several light fixtures can be re-aimed. Eastbound mariners have reported that glare from the lights have made it difficult to see.

MnDOT engineers and the lighting contractor who designed the new system will evaluate and adjust the fixtures so they will not interfere with marine traffic.

“The Coast Guard notified us of this issue today,” said Duane Hill, MnDOT D1 engineer. “We plan to turn the system off today, make the necessary adjustments and turn the system back on in a few days.”

All roadway and navigational lights will remain lit.

For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.

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