Oversized concrete bridge beams will be delivered to the jobsite, and Hwy 24 will close periodically each weekday, on good weather days, through February 2017.
Periodic weekday closures
Hwy 24 closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to four times each day, Mondays through Fridays, on good weather days. Each closure will last up to 15 minutes with flaggers holding traffic on both directions of Hwy 24.
Check 511mn.org each day to see if deliveries and lane closures are scheduled for that day.
In all, 46 beams will be delivered. Each beam is 178 feet long and weighs about 110 tons. The beams are manufactured in Elk River Minnesota, and are to be delivered using specialty trucking equipment and will be placed atop the piers.
Good weather is key
The beam deliveries will depend on weather conditions and the water levels of the Mississippi River. The causeway needs to above water for crews to work, and wind speeds need to be calm for cranes to maneuver beams into place. Good weather is key.
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Hwy 24 open to traffic
The current bridge will remain open to traffic as the new one is built. Motorists may encounter heavy moving vehicles entering or exiting work areas.
Please stay out of fenced off work areas and equipment, both on land and in the river, for your safety and ours.
When the new bridge is opened to traffic in fall 2017, 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
December 2016-January 2017
Construct bridge deck surface, sidewalks, road and trail connections, aesthetics
Spring - Fall 2017
Open to traffic
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
Description: Resurface Hwy 24 from I-94 in Clearwater to Hwy 10 in Clear Lake, includes traffic signal upgrades and pedestrian access improvements Status: Work planned for 2018 Cost: $2.3 million Contact:Claudia Dumont, project manager, 320-223-6530
Hwy 24 Annadale
Description: Resurface Highway 24 from Hwy 55 to north of Poplar Ave in Annadale, includes pedestrian access improvements Status: Work planned for 2020 Cost: $1.9 million