Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 5, 2019

Hwy 40 Milan Bridge project will not be completed this year

WILLMAR, Minn. The contractor for the Highway 40 Milan Bridge project has advised the Minnesota Department of Transportation that they will not complete the project as scheduled in 2019.

If the weather is favorable, the contractor will continue to work on the east abutment and retaining walls on both sides of the bridge until mid-December. The slope will be stabilized and sheeting will stay in place over the winter. The project will be suspended until March 16, 2020, when the contractor is expected to set beams and prepare the deck for pouring concrete on April 15. Riprap work and grading will start up in April.

The bridge is now scheduled to open to traffic mid-June 2020, provided no major flooding occurs next spring.

By mid-November 2019, the detour will be moved to state Highway 119 and US 59/Highway 7 (to/from Appleton) and remain in place through the duration of the project. Highway 40 will be maintained and plowed up to the project, providing access to Lac qui Parle Lake and the Milan Resort.

The project includes the replacement of the bridge on Highway 40 that crosses Lac qui Parle Lake, known as the Milan Bridge, which is located three miles west of Milan. 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.

For more information about the project, visit mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy40-bridge-milan.

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