Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 24, 2019

Due to delays, crews will replace Highway 18 bridge in 2020

Highway 47 remains detoured until mid-October

BAXTER, Minn. — Due to unforeseen delays on the Highway 47 bridge between Glen and Malmo, work on the Highway 18 bridge will be moved to mid-summer 2020.

The project has encountered heavy rainfall in addition to soil stability issues below the road’s structure. Once the corrective fix has been issued crews will pave Highway 47. The detour will remain in place through mid-October.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Until mid-October: Highway 47 closed north of Malmo to replace the Morman Creek bridge with two box culverts. The detour uses Highway 18 between Malmo and Garrison along northern Mille Lacs Lake, Highway 169 to Aitkin County Road 28, and County Road 12 to Highway 47 in Glen.
  • Summer 2020: Highway 18 will close west of Malmo along northern Mille Lacs Lake at Malmo Bay to replace the Morman Creek bridge with a new box culvert. The detour will use Highway 47 between Malmo and Glen, Aitkin County Road 12 to County Road 28, and Highway 169 to Highway 18 along northern Mille Lacs Lake to Malmo.

When complete in 2020, the new bridges will improve drainage in the Malmo area.

To learn more about this project or download detour maps, visit mndot.gov/d3/projects/malmo.

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

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