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May 16, 2023

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MnDOT to temporarily close westbound I-94 near Downer for bridge inspection on May 17

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Motorists traveling on westbound Interstate 94 near Downer (Exit 15) will encounter a temporary closure and detour on Wednesday, May 17, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The closure will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., and last up to two hours as bridge crews inspect the overpass bridge at County Road 10.

Westbound I-94 traffic will be detoured near Barnesville (Exit 22) to Highway 9 and County Road 10. During the bridge inspection, the I-94 eastbound exit and entrance ramps will remain open, but westbound County Road 10 motorists will be restricted from crossing the overpass. All westbound traffic on County Road 10 must exit at the I-94 interchange.

The bridge was hit by the high load of a semi on May 8. Traffic has been reduced to one lane on County Road 10 while MnDOT assesses the bridge.