Minnesota Department of Transportation

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October 5, 2020

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New start date of Oct. 7 for Hwy 40 Milan Bridge traffic change

WILLMAR, Minn. A new start date of Wednesday, Oct. 7 is scheduled for crews to remove sheeting on the west side of the Hwy 40 Milan Bridge project. The traffic change was originally scheduled to begin today. In order to remove the sheeting (which holds water back from the riprap), a crane will be positioned on the roadway and traffic will be flagged through the work zone during daytime hours. The process is now expected to continue through Fri., Oct. 9. Once complete, traffic will return to the current single lane closure with a signal system in place at both sides of the bridge.

Work to restore the historic riprap will continue another three to four weeks on the west side. When completed, the bridge will open to two-way traffic and riprap work will move to the east side.

The project includes the replacement of the bridge on Highway 40 that crosses Lac qui Parle Lake, known as the Milan Bridge, located three miles west of Milan. The project also includes pedestrian access improvements. Historical elements are being incorporated into the new bridge using iron railing on both sides of the bridge. Stonework is being placed to closely match the original construction done by the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

Watch for orange cones on this project

MnDOT reminds everyone to: 

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

For more information about the project, visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy40-bridge-milan.

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