April 24, 2017 - Bridge deck construction is moving quickly. Temporary wood forms and stainless steel reinforcement rebar are being installed for the future concrete deck pouring.
Stainless steel rebar is more corrosion resistant (rain/salt) than coated steel rebar, and will improve the life span of the bridge. This is the first bridge deck that District 3 has used stainless steel rebar. More photos of deck framing, rebar installation
The first of four concrete pours began on Friday, April 21. Each pour uses approximately 550 cubic yards of high performance concrete, designed specifically for bridge decks. The concrete materials contain synthetic fibers to minimize future cracking and improve long term durability of the bridge deck. The concrete will be delivered from Hardrives in Waite Park, and they'll use the temporary causeway to pump the concrete up to the bridge deck. Overall the concrete will take 14 days to fully cure. Weather permitting, other deck pours will be scheduled in the next week (they need 24 hrs of dry conditions). The project remains on schedule.
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Hwy 24 open
The current bridge remains open to traffic as the new one is built. Motorists may encounter heavy moving vehicles entering or exiting work areas and periodic lane or shoulder closures. Drive with care.
Also, please stay out of fenced off work areas and equipment, both on land and in the river, for your safety and ours.