MANKATO, Minn. - The new Highway 169 bridge that will carry northbound traffic across the Minnesota River near LeSueur will open to one lane of traffic beginning Monday, Nov. 5.
By mid-November, traffic will be carried on four lanes across the river for most of the winter - two lanes on the old southbound bridge and two lanes on the new northbound bridge. Motorists will need to reduce their speed to 55 mph and drive with caution while minor restrictions remain in place.
The replacement of the Highway 169 river crossing is now half-complete.
Traffic has been restricted to one lane each way since early last spring.
Construction is expected to resume in early spring 2008 with the removal of the bridge carrying southbound Highway 169 traffic. The new bridges will be wider with safety improvements. The project also includes a safety improvement at the north intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 93.
C.S. McCrossan of Maple Grove was awarded the project with a bid of $17,930,588.
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