Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 40

Bridge; 3 miles west of Milan

Current traffic impacts

  • The bridge is closed to pedestrian and motor traffic
  • Detour route is in effect and posted below
  • Access to the DNR boat landing, campground and fishing pier will remain open and be available from the east side of the project only

Rendering of the new Milan Bridge over Highway 40

Rendering of new Milan Bridge

Project updates

  • September 13, 2019:
  • The process of removing and numbering the historic rip rap began the week of July 29 and will continue for some time.
  • Working on the west abutment (pouring concrete) and removing the east abutment.
  • Work is running four weeks behind schedule due to high water from spring snow melt and heavy rains (three-week delay), as well as piling for pier and abutment support requiring a level deeper than original anticipated (one-week delay). New projected end dates are listed above right.
  • Check out bridge renderings here
  • September 19, 2019: limited work due to high water levels.

Summary of work

  • Replace bridge on Hwy 40 (known as Milan Bridge) over Lac qui Parle Lake
  • Update pedestrian access to meet current ADA standards
  • Incorporate historical elements into the new bridge through the use of iron railing on both sides
  • Maintain fishing access and recreational area
  • Handplace stonework to closely match the original construction done by the WPA in 1939


  • Robert R. Schroeder Construction Co., Glenwood MN

Project detourHwy 40 Milan Bridge Detour route uses Hwy 7/59 to Chippewa CR 14/Lac qui Parle CR 20 to Lac qui parle CR 31 to Lac qui parle CR 33 from east to west