Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 40

Bridge; 3 miles west of Milan

Current traffic impacts

  • Traffic change Oct. 5-6: a flagging operation will be in place while sheeting is removed from west side of the project.
  • A signal system at both sides of the bridge is in operation, with a single lane going one direction at a time, through the work zone.
  • A restriction remains in place for oversize vehicles until both lanes are open.

Pouring the concrete bridge deck for the new Milan Bridge over Highway 40

The temporary traffic signal at the east end of the bridge.
A second signal is at the west end of the bridge.
When the light is green, vehicles can cross the bridge in a single lane, one-way direction.

Project updates

Sept. 28, 2020
  • Crews will remove sheeting on the west side of the project Oct. 5-6. Sheeting holds the water back from the riprap (pictured in background of photo below). A crane will be positioned on the roadway and traffic will be flagged through the work zone during daytime hours during this process.
  • Work to restore historic riprap will continue another 3-4 weeks onthe west side. Stones are placed in the approximate location as their removal, and then grouted into place. When completed, the bridge will open to two-way traffic and riprap work will move to the east side. It is a slow process; two crews can place 325 sq ft of riprap each day.
  • Work continues on completing safety measures for pedestrian access to the bridge.

Grouting the riprap.

Summary of work

  • Replace bridge on Hwy 40 (known as Milan Bridge) over Lac qui Parle Lake
  • Update pedestrian access to meet current ADA standards
  • Incorporate historical elements into the new bridge through the use of iron railing on both sides
  • Maintain fishing access and recreational area
  • Handplace stonework to closely match the original construction done by the WPA in 1939


  • Robert R. Schroeder Construction Co., Glenwood MN