900 Southeast Minnesota bridges scheduled for scrutiny as MnDOT begins inspection season
Nearly 400 city, county bridges part of MnDOT bridge inspection team work plan
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Rochester motorists should be alert for lane restrictions Monday afternoon as the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins bridge inspections at two sites in the city.
The inspections of the Fourth Street Southeast bridge over Bear Creek and the East Center Street bridge over the Zumbro River on Rochester’s east side mark the beginning of the bridge inspection season where 900 bridges are scheduled for MnDOT’s bridge inspection team in southeastern Minnesota’s 11-county district.
MnDOT is scheduled to inspect 392 bridges for cities and counties in southeastern Minnesota along with 468 of MnDOT’s bridges in the region. An additional 40 are inspected in McLeod County.
Bridge inspections are conducted by MnDOT for select structures in Dodge, Mower, Winona, Goodhue, Houston, Rice and Steele counties, as well as bridges in the cities of Rochester, Albert Lea, Faribault, La Crescent, Northfield and Owatonna.
A snooper truck is used during MnDOT inspections. The truck is a specialty vehicle that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspectors. The equipment allows the team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
In Rochester, Monday, April 4, the safety inspection on Fourth Street Southeast will require a closure of one lane in each direction. The lanes closest to the sidewalk will be closed, along with closure of the sidewalks during the inspection.
The safety inspection on East Center Street will require closure of the parking lane on the south side of the bridge, along with the sidewalk on the south side. Parking will not be allowed at the existing parking meters, according to the city of Rochester.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
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