Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

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.

Schedule/Traffic Impacts

2015 - Minor work on Highway 71 with lane closures. No detour
2016 - Bridge replacement over Des Moines River. Local detour of Highway 71

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.