- T.K. Kramascz
MnDOT Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113
I-35E Maryland Avenue Bridge moves into position beginning early Saturday morning
Watch it live via MnDOT webcam
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Crews will use an automated machine called a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) to move the new Maryland Bridge into position, beginning early tomorrow morning. The two 1,300-ton spans, built alongside Interstate 35E, will move into place using this new construction technology.
Using this innovative approach, the move will occur on I-35E at Maryland Avenue in St. Paul, where crews have been busy building the bridge deck and structure on the west side of the roadway. These bridge sections will move into place (at a speed of 1-2 miles per hour) until both pieces are in place later in the day.
“There’s been a lot of interest in this bridge move and new technology and for this reason MnDOT is pleased to provide safe, home viewing of the event via a webcam,” said TK Kramascz, MnDOT Metro District public affairs director.
Viewing is available at: http://www.mndot.gov.
“This is a prime example of SPMT use cutting the duration of this construction bridge closure nearly in half. MnDOT has cut roughly two months’ worth of Maryland Avenue closure time and reduced construction traffic impact by 75 percent compared to conventional construction,” said Dave Herzog, project engineer.
More information about the I-35E Maryland Avenue Bridge project is available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/35estpaul/maryland.html.