About this project
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is splitting up its Austin bridge replacements project by constructing the 28th St. NE bridge in 2021, as planned, and deferring for one year the Hwy 218/14th St. NW construction to allow for additional design work.
The one-year delay on the Hwy 218/14th St. NW construction will allow additional design options to be explored, which may be beneficial to the taxpayers and traveling public. MnDOT recognizes that maintaining traffic during construction is a high priority to the community and will be key to additional design investigation. Overall construction duration will also be considered as well the reduction of construction impacts at Hwy 218/14th St. and the optimization of the geometry of the new bridge and ramp intersections based on needs, costs, impacts, and construction requirements.
Meanwhile, plans will continue to replace the 28th St. NE bridge over I-90 in Austin in 2021, with construction starting in May. This reconstruction is part of a larger planning effort to update aging community infrastructure over the next decade, including other bridges in Austin’s I-90 corridor.
Additional time is for further design investigation, and is not related to COVID-19 or project funding.
Summary of work
Starting May 2021, MnDOT is planning to replace a bridge over I-90 in Austin at 28th St. NE. The bridge is nearing the end of its service life. In 2022, the bridge over I-90 at 14th St. NW will be replaced. Plans are underway to further study the design work on this bridge.
The reconstruction is part of a larger planning effort to update aging community infrastructure over the next decade along the I-90 corridor.