Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 15, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Bridge sweeping project scheduled for southbound I-535/Blatnik Bridge


DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling on southbound I-535/Blatnik Bridge may encounter a bridge deck sweeping operation on Monday, May 19, weather permitting. The work will begin sometime after 9 a.m. and will be completed before 3 p.m. to minimize traffic delays.

Motorists may encounter brief backups during this sweeping project.

The project must be rescheduled if it rains on Monday. The work will be done Tuesday, May 20 or Wednesday, May 21 if it rains on Monday.

All bridge decks are swept annually to clean the driving surface and prevent sand and other debris from exiting or clogging drains.