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News Release

August 31, 2001

Mn/DOT Schedules Repair of the 15th St. Bridge Overpass Starting September 5th

Bemidji, Minn—The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is advising the public that it will begin construction on September 5th, to repair the 15th Street bridge that passes over Trunk Highway 2 in Bemidji. The bridge, located on County Road #6, was damaged when struck by a truck on July 9, 2001.

According to Duane Hill, Mn/DOT Northwest District Bridge Engineer, "nine strands on one of the bridge's concrete beams were severed when hit by the truck passing underneath the bridge on highway 2." Hill said, "the work will require a portion of the bridge deck and railing to be removed in order to replace the damaged beam, and once the beam is replaced, a new portion of deck and railing will be cast over the beam."

Hill added, "the bridge will be open during construction but traffic lanes will be narrowed and motorists are cautioned that a reduced speed will be enforced." Traffic control on the westbound lanes of Trunk Highway 2 under the bridge will involved short-term lane and shoulder closures during the removal of the concrete from the bridge. A detour will also be in place beginning September 10, 2001, that may impact traffic on County Roads 7 and 11, but the detour is expected to last for only three to four days while the damaged beam is being removed and a new one put in place.

Hill emphasized that with all road and bridge construction, progress is often slowed by the weather and he is asking for public cooperation and patience during the repair of the bridge. The project is expected to be completed in early October.


We’re in the WORK ZONE Together

Mn/DOT District 2 - Bemidji / Crookston
401 Paul Bunyan Drive SE
PO Box 490
Bemidji, MN 56619
Tel: 218/755-3800
Fax: 218/755-2028
Road Condition Information: 218/755-3816

Karen Bedeau

Public Affairs Coordinator