Minnesota Department of Transportation

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June 16, 2020

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Routine inspections, right lane closures on the Blatnik Bridge

DULUTH, Minn. —The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be conducting routine inspections for the Blatnik Bridge on July 6-23. Motorists may encounter right lane closures and reduced speeds between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Crews will begin inspections on the eastbound side and then move to the westbound side. Speeds will be reduced to 45 mph.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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