- I-535/Hwy 53 between Duluth and Superior
- May to Oct. 2012 and April 15 to Oct. 2013
Outline lights will be removed during the rehabilitation project
All of the outline lighting fixtures on the Blatnik Bridge are attached to the outside faces of the structural steel and need to be removed to access the areas behind them during the rehabilitation project. The bridge will not have any outline lighting during the two-year construction project.
Roadway and navigational lights will remain lit
All roadway and navigational lighting on the bridge will remain operational during the two-year project and after it is finished. Roadway and navigational lighting systems are essential for the safe operation of traffic on the bridge and for ships using the channel below the bridge.
Lighting replacement project makes progress
MnDOT has formed a team of local and state officials who are interested in installing a new, energy-efficient LED, lighting system on the bridge. The team met on May 4 and again on June 14 and remain optimistic that a new lighting system will be installed and operational by fall 2013.If you would like to learn more about this team please contact Dan Erickson, MnDOT engineer.
Public Open House being planned
Renderings for a new "Landmark Bridge Lighting" system have been developed. An open house is being planned. The preferred design and other options will be available for public review at an upcoming public open house. The open house was originally planned for late-July but has been postponed due to MnDOT's staff commitment to the June 19/20 flooding.
The open house is tentatively rescheduled for late-August. Ken Taillon, MnDOT's lighting design contractor, will give a brief video presentation at the open house and Mn/DOT and WisDOT engineers will be available to discuss project details and answer questions. Diagrams showing how the lights would look from locations in Minnesota and in Wisconsin will be posted and the public will have an opportunity to share opinions and make comments about the project.
An exact date and more details about the public open house will be forthcoming.