Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Dec. 9, 2013

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Southbound I-35 to reopen Dec. 11 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Repairs to the pilings on Pier 32 beneath southbound I-35 have been made and MnDOT will reopen the southbound lanes between Lake Avenue and 21st Avenue West about mid-morning, Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The southbound lanes have been closed since November 18 when crews discovered deteriorated pilings on Pier 32.

The “strong back system” which was used to stabilize the bridge while the repair work was being done is being dismantled today and will be removed tomorrow. Then MnDOT Maintenance crews will plow the closed section, do final clean-up work and open the southbound lanes.

“I want to thank the public for their patience during this unexpected closure. We know it was a big inconvenience for many people and was made even worse by the record snowstorm,” said Duane Hill, MnDOT District 1 engineer. “We’re glad the repairs are completed and traffic can return to normal.”

For more information about this project and MnDOT District 1 visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/

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



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