Reopening delayed for 15th Street Bridge in Bemidji
Concrete traffic control barriers won’t be available until mid-august
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The reopening of the 15th Street Bridge over Hwy 2 in Bemidji has been delayed according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “The concrete barriers that will be used to route traffic over the bridge have been difficult to acquire,” said Roger Hille, district bridge engineer. “Installation will likely take place in mid-August now.”
The bridge will reopen with weight restrictions after the traffic barriers are installed. The weight restrictions will not affect school bus traffic.
A MnDOT engineering evaluation indicates the bridge can safely support traffic on 15th Street with vehicles routed along the north side of the bridge.
Four of the six bridge beams sustained damage and will be replaced next year. The damaged beams have been encased with a protective barrier to ensure that no loose concrete falls onto Hwy 2.
The bridge has been closed since July 13 when a vehicle with an over-height load hit the structure.