Highway 76 reopens to traffic north of Houston as bridge repairs near completion
HOUSTON, Minn. – Highway 76 motorists will again be able to travel between Houston and Interstate 90 without a detour after the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopened the route Oct. 7 as they approach completion of bridge repairs near Money Creek.
Traffic had been detoured to the west of Highway 76 while the repair work to the two bridge decks took place.
Motorists are reminded to slow down as they approach the bridges and will see signs warning of a bump as they travel onto the bridges. Paving work where the road meets the bridge is scheduled in the weeks ahead, so a bump is present on both bridges.
One bridge at mile post 26.34, south of Money Creek and north of Houston, is fully open.
The second bridge being resurfaced is 1.62 miles north of the first one at mile post 27.96. The bridge remains open with one lane of traffic going through at a time with signals directing traffic.
Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to:
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving).
- Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
- Avoid making lane changes within work zones.