Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 28, 2019

Pomme de Terre bridge replacement on Hwy 55 near Barrett delayed; rest of project nearly complete

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Highway 55 bridge replacement at the Pomme de Terre River has been experiencing delays due to de-watering issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The highway remains closed between Barrett and Hoffman as the bridge is out. Motorists should continue to follow the detour route on Highway 59 and Highway 27.

Although the bridge portion has been delayed, the rest of the Highway 55 project from Barrett to the Grant/Douglas county line has been progressing. Final striping is expected to take place this week, weather permitting.

When the project started in August, crews prepped the bridge site for de-watering and removed the bridge over the Pomme de Terre River, just southeast of Barrett. Unfortunately, the de-watering measures that were in place failed. Since then, MnDOT has been working with the contractor and looking into solutions so the bridge work can resume and the box culverts can be installed before winter.

Because the bridge is out, local traffic cannot access Highway 55 from the Barrett side. If a snow event occurs, MnDOT operators will plow up to the last residence on the closed portion of Highway 55.

MnDOT apologizes for any inconveniences caused by these delays, and appreciates the public’s patience and commitment to safety during construction. Motorists are urged to always drive with caution and reminded to never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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