Hwy 56 detour near Stanton to be lifted Saturday morning as new bridge opens to traffic
STANTON, Minn. – The detour on Hwy 56 near Stanton in northwest Goodhue County is being lifted Saturday morning, Aug. 26 as crews open the newly constructed bridge south of Highway 19, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Construction crews are replacing the Hwy 56 bridges south of Stanton at Prairie Creek and north of Kenyon at the North Fork of the Zumbro River this summer.
The newly opened bridge is wider than the bridge it replaced. The old bridge was 32.3 feet wide, while the new bridge is 43.4 feet wide with 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders, matching the approaching roadway. The bridge was lengthened from a single 53-foot span to a new 95-foot, three-span structure.
Construction continues on the bridge at Kenyon, which remains open to traffic with the use of temporary traffic signals. Motorists travel on a single lane across the bridge. The traffic signals regulate the traffic at the bridge. One short-term closure for vehicles over 5 tons will be necessary to complete the bridge connection. It's scheduled to be completed by mid-October.
Lunda Construction is the prime contractor on the $2.4 million project.
To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project web site at www.mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy56-bridges/.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.