Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 23, 2018

One-day bridge closure planned Oct. 30 for research work at Hwy 42 in Elgin

ELGIN, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 42 will be detoured around a bridge on the north end of Elgin for approximately seven hours on Tuesday, Oct. 30 while the Minnesota Department of Transportation works with researchers from the University of Iowa to gather information at the bridge.

The detour for southbound Highway 42 motorists is to travel west on Wabasha County Road 25, then south on Wabasha County Road 2, then east on Main Street in Elgin, which will reconnect with Highway 42. The northbound detour is the reverse of this route. The short-term closure is expected to go from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If weather forces a change in plans, MnDOT will attempt to do the testing the following day.

MnDOT will work with the researchers to install temporary monitors across the bridge to be used in conjunction with permanent monitors on the structure. Researchers will gather load bearing information. The bridge is of a normal design but was built with glass reinforced polymer rebar.

This research project has been conducted annually on the bridge and is expected to continue for several more seasons.

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