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Highway 23 Project News
June 4, 2009

Workzone at night

June 4 - June 11

Washington Memorial Drive to 4th Avenue

Important Note: Currently, motorists are traveling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 23, one lane of traffic in each direction. Traffic will be switched over to the newly constructed westbound lanes the week of June 8th. A temporary bypass around the Lake George bridge will be required to allow for the final construction on the north half of the new bridge

Overpass at Lake George No eastbound left turns at Washington Memorial Drive will be permitted once traffic is on the new westbound lanes, for the remainder of the project. Motorists will have the option to go straight and turn left at 14th Avenue. Eastbound right turns and westbound right turning movements will be allowed.


North Washington Memorial Drive at Highway 23 opened to traffic on Friday, May 29, as scheduled.

Gravel placement from the east side of the bridge to 7th Avenue will be completed early this week in preparation of next weeks bituminous paving.


Grading and construction of the retaining wall between 6th and 7th Avenues was completed this week.

Final pours for the Cloverleaf parking lot retaining wall were completed this week. Finishing work and coloring will commence once the concrete has cured.


Storm sewer pipe lining was completed this week.


Sidewalk grading and concrete placement continues at various locations throughout the project.

Street light base and conduit installation continues throughout the project.



Overpass at Lake George

A temporary bypass around the Lake George bridge will be required to allow for the final construction on the north half of the new bridge.

Crews continue to tie reinforcement steel for the deck on the Lake George bridge. The first deck pour has been moved to the middle of next week. The completion of the westbound portion of the bridge is scheduled for early July.

West bound Geofoam placement was completed on Wednesday with the concrete cap pour scheduled for Thursday.

Grading on 9th Avenue from 4th Avenue to the eastbound on/off ramps continues this week.

On/off ramps at 9th Avenue South are closed to traffic. 9th/10th Avenue traffic continues on the southbound lanes between 4th Street and St. Germain Street.


Mississippi River Bridge


Crews will complete setting girders for Span #1 today and will begin to set girders for the final Span #2.

Crews have completed removing the concrete roadway from the bridge to 4th Avenue and will begin underground sewer and water next week west of the bridge.

Crews continue working on walls for the bike trail on the west side of the river.

Granite stone veneer installation continues on the west abutment and the south west wing wall.

Retaining wall on the west side of the river is being removed. Construction will begin on the new wall.

Crews have begun to install the 16" insulated water main for the river crossing between the girders.

Boat traffic will be maintained on the Mississippi River during this project.

Existing local and truck detours will remain in place.


Project Updates

News and detour information: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/hwy23bridge/

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