Hwy 250 bridge at Lanesboro removal will create brief river closures
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Removal of portions of the Highway 250 bridge deck at Lanesboro and then the lifting of the bridge from its abutments will close the South Branch of the Root River for brief periods on Thursday, June 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews will be doing the bridge removal on Thursday, weather permitting. A rope with flotation devices will be across the river before the bridge to signal people in canoes, kayaks and inner tubes of the closure. A short portage route at the site has been established to guide river users around the bridge construction. The closures are only expected for short periods of time during the day to ensure the safety of river users.
Other river closures will occur during the project as construction of the new bridge occurs.
Minnowa Construction of Harmony, Minnesota, is the prime contractor on the $3.8 million project, which will replace that bridge and another bridge further north of Lanesboro on Highway 250.
A detour has been in place since June 6 that take southbound Highway 250 motorists east on Highway 30 to Rushford, south on Highway 43 in Rushford and then southwest on Highway 16 to Lanesboro. A map of the route can be found at MnDOT’s website: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy250-bridge/2319-16_newdetourmap.pdf
The project also involves improvements to the existing roadway alignment approaching each bridge. The bridge at the edge of Lanesboro crosses the South Branch of the Root River, while the other bridge north of town crosses the North Branch of the Root River.
The north bridge is expected to remain open for a majority of the construction project, except during grading of connections back into the existing Highway 250 alignment.
To learn more about the project and to sign up for periodic email updates, go to MnDOT’s project page at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy250-bridge/index.html.
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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