Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 25, 2019

Open house for Hwy 40 Milan Bridge project is May 8

WILLMAR, Minn. The public is invited to attend a construction open house on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, to learn about the Highway 40 Milan Bridge project. The open house will be held at the Milan City Hall (244 N. 2nd St.) in Milan and will run from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. A brief presentation will take place at 5:15 p.m., however, the public is welcome to visit any time during the open house hours.

Representatives of MnDOT and the construction contractor will be available to answer questions about the construction phase. A detour is required for this project. During the project, access to the DNR boat landing, campground and fishing pier will remain open and be available from the east side of the project only.

The project includes the replacement of the bridge on Highway 40 that crosses Lac qui Parle Lake, known as the Milan Bridge. The project also includes pedestrian access improvements. Historical elements will be incorporated into the new bridge through the use of iron railing on both sides of the bridge. Stonework will be hand placed to closely match the original construction done by the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

Benefits of the project include a safer and wider bridge, and pedestrian access improvements which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Construction is planned to begin in mid-May, depending on water levels. The project is estimated to be complete by mid-November. The project was recently awarded to Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company of Glenwood, Minn., and will cost $7.7 million.

For more information on the project and to sign up for updates, visit the MnDOT project website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy40-bridge-milan/index.html.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774, 711 or 1-800-627-3529. You may also send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.

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