Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 19 Bridge over Union Pacific Railroad


About this project

Traffic impacts

Hwy 19 will be closed for the duration of the project (April 18 - November, 2016). This project is subject to weather - flooding and railroad restrictions.

  • Hwy 19 traffic will be detoured to Hwy 93 and US Hwy 169. Detour plan (PDF 283 KB)
  • Hwy 19 will remain open to the Ney Nature Center from Hwy 169
  • Henderson Station Road (Tyrone Township Rd 2/Le Sueur County Rd 118) will be closed at the intersection

Summary of work

  • Replace existing bridge over the railroad which is nearing the end of its service life
  • Replacing the bridge will be more cost effective than continuing to maintain it
  • Should eliminate the need for road closures to make bridge repairs
  • Bridge concept (PDF)
  • Modified layout (PDF)


Hwy 19 has experienced many closures related to flooding. To include flood mitigation with this project would require extending the bridge about 1,800 feet, at an added cost of $30 million. MnDOT does not have enough funding to mitigate flooding issues at this time without deferring other much-needed work. The work done with this project will not preclude the ability to pursue flood mitigation at a later date, should funding become available.


Cost estimate (millions)

Construction (STIP Letting)