Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 29, 2016

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South Branch of Root River closing briefly Aug. 30 for Hwy 250 bridge work

ROCHESTER, Minn. – River traffic will be closed on the South Branch of the Root River at the Highway 250 bridge near Lanesboro on Tuesday, Aug. 30 while bridge beams are placed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews will be doing the bridge beam placement on Tuesday, 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 closure is only expected on Tuesday to ensure the safety of river users.

Beams for the north bridge are tentatively scheduled to be set Sept. 12, which will require a river closure at that site north of Lanesboro.

Other river closures will occur as the replacement of the two bridges continues.

Minnowa Construction of Harmony, Minnesota, is the prime contractor on the $3.8 million project, which is replacing that bridge and another Highway 250 bridge further north of Lanesboro.

A highway detour takes 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: mndot.gov/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 mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy250-bridge/.

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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