Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 71 Bridge Replacement


About this project

Reconstruct Hwy 71 north of Jackson with two lanes northbound and one lane southbound with a two-way left turn lane and add a trail. 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.

Construction Open House

Monday, February 29
4 - 6 p.m.
Jackson City Hall
80 W. Ashley Street, Jackson

Staff from MnDOT, Minnowa Construction and the city of Jackson will be on hand to provide updates on construction and address concerns.

Schedule/Traffic Impacts

May 4 - November 2016

City of Jackson businesses open during construction – Chamber of Commerce website – http://www.jacksonmn.com/ City of Jackson website - http://www.cityofjacksonmn.com/


Cost estimate (2015 dollars)

Construction (STIP letting)


Construction-related costs




Right of Way





The existing Hwy 71 bridge was built in 1954 and due for replacement. With the project, MnDOT is also proposing to reconfigure the section of Hwy 71 north of town to reduce speeds and improve pedestrian and bike accommodations. The work to reconfigure the highway north of town was made possible through a Corridor Investment Management Strategy grant.