Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 27, 2017

Hwy 243 bridge over St. Croix River closed for emergency repairs

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the Hwy 243 bridge between Franconia Township, Minn. and Osceola, Wis. this afternoon after a hole was discovered in the deck. MnDOT bridge maintenance staff are on the scene and are assessing bridge damage. It will remain closed through the weekend until repairs are made.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to reach their destinations. It is recommended that travelers use the Hwy 8 bridge at Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls or the I-94 bridge at Hudson, Wis.

Once the repairs are completed, MnDOT bridge engineers will inspect and evaluate the condition of the entire bridge to ensure its safety before it is reopened to traffic.

Bridge repairs and a new surface are scheduled to begin in mid-September.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.