Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Project in progress

New Hwy 24 bridge scheduled to open in early August

July 12, 2017 - The contractor hopes to switch traffic and open the new bridge ahead of schedule in early August. In the upcoming weeks a lot of final detail work needs to be done before the new bridge can be open. Crews will pour concrete, pave roadway approaches and install ornamental railing, permanent road markings and road signs. The project is ahead of schedule, but weather needs to continue to cooperate. Stay tuned. And as always, please continue to drive safely through the work zone.

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Hwy 24 open

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Project location map

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 with flaggers controlling traffic.

Today on Hwy 24

Check 511mn.org for current road conditions or any scheduled closures.

When the new bridge is opened to traffic this fall, the old structure will be removed by June 30, 2018.


Prepare work area Aug. 15 - Fall 2015
Construct six piers, abutments Fall 2015 - Fall 2016
Place beams December 2016-March 15, 2017
Construct bridge deck surface, sidewalks, road and trail connections, aesthetics Spring - Fall 2017
Open to traffic Fall 2017
Remove old bridge and road connections, establish turf or landscape Fall 2017 - June 30, 2018,
includes over winter

*The contractor may work year round. Schedule is subject to change.

Future projects, plans

Road improvements on Highway 24 in central Minnesota.

Hwy 24 Clearwater to Clear Lake

Project location: Highway 24 between I- 94 in Clearwater to Hwy 10 in Clear Lake

Description: Resurface Hwy 24 from I-94 in Clearwater to Hwy 10 in Clear Lake, includes pedestrian access improvements (sidewalks and ramps in Clear Lake) and Hwy 24 traffic signal upgrades at:

  • I-94 interchange ramps (Exit 178) in Clearwater
  • CR 75 in Clearwater
  • CR 8 (River Rd SE) in Clear Lake township

Status: Work planned for 2018. Open house held Jan. 24, 2017 in Clear Lake.
Cost: $2.3 million
Contact: Luke Wehseler, project manager, 218-828-5721

Additional resources

Schedules are tentative and subject to change.