Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Updated Dec. 19, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Highway 24 in Clearwater closes up to four times each weekday

Bridge beams weighing about 110 tons each to be delivered

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists who travel Highway 24 near the Mississippi River bridge in Clearwater should plan for delays while crews close the road up to four times each weekday beginning in late-December through mid-January.

The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, Mondays through Fridays. Each closure will last up to 15 minutes with flaggers holding traffic on both directions of Highway 24 near the bridge spanning the Mississippi River, located just east of downtown Clearwater, while lanes are closed. No closures will occur during inclement weather.

The daytime road closures are needed while crews deliver oversized concrete beams that will span the new Highway 24 bridge across the Mississippi River, located just east of downtown Clearwater.

In all, 46 beams will be delivered. Each beam is 178 feet long and weighs about 110 tons. The beams are manufactured in Minnesota, are delivered using specialty trucking equipment and will be placed atop the recently completed bridge piers through late December 2016/mid- January 2017, weather permitting.

When complete in summer 2018, the new Highway 24 Clearwater bridge project will:

  • Replace the existing 57-year old Highway 24 bridge with a new two-lane bridge with wide shoulders and a multipurpose trail.
  • Preserve an important river crossing that serves local and regional travel, including heavy summertime tourism traffic.
  • Improve local utilities.

For more information or to view the project’s webcam, visit mndot.gov/d3/hwy24/.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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