Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 4, 2020

Hwy 23 bridge projects begin May 4

DULUTH, Minn. – Two bridge projects on Highway 23 in Carlton County south of Wrenshall will begin today, May 4, and run until October.

The bridge over Deer Creek, south of Pleasant Valley, will be removed and replaced, and the creek restored. This project will have a signal controlled single lane bypass.

The bridge over the Nemadji River will be removed and replaced, and the river restored. This project will have a signal controlled single lane bypass.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. MnDOT is being as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the impact to motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

For more information on projects in northeast Minnesota, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTnortheast and Twitter at @mndotnortheast. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.

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