Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 71 Bridge Replacement


About this project

MnDOT is reconstructing Hwy 71 north of Jackson with two lanes northbound and one lane southbound with a two-way left turn lane and add a trail. Crews are also replace the bridge over the Des Moines River and reconfigure the 4th Street/Springfield Parkway/Hwy 71 intersection, modify business and street access to improve safety.

Traffic impacts

  • Riverside Drive speed limit temporarily reduced to 25 mph with additional signing


  • Minor work on Hwy 71 with lane closures. Local traffic only.
  • Alternate truck detour under consideration
  • River Street will be closed at Ashley St.

Parking restrictions

  • Parking restricted on Hwy 71 (3rd St.) from White St. to Sherman St.
  • Parking restricted on W. Ashely St. from 3rd St. to 2nd St.

Business access

Construction details

  • Contract awarded to Minnowa Construction for $4,937,755.55
  • Replace Des Moines River Bridge
  • Reconstruct from N. Highway to Riverside Dr.
  • Mill and overlay Riverside Dr. to Golf Course
  • Extend Des Moines River Trail north to Golf Course (with future plans to extend to Belmont Drive)
  • Pedestrian crossing signal at Springfield Parkway/4th St.