Brief traffic delays expected June 6 when MnDOT begins annual Wabasha Bridge inspection
WABASHA, Minn. — Hwy 60 motorists crossing the Wabasha Bridge should expect brief traffic delays beginning Monday, June 6 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation inspects the bridge.
Traffic will be open across the bridge during the annual inspection process, but flaggers will briefly stop traffic in one direction to allow vehicles traveling in the opposite direction to cross. Once they’ve crossed, vehicles in the other direction will be allowed to pass.
MnDOT bridge inspectors will use one lane of the bridge where the snooper truck is placed for inspectors to evaluate the bridge. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will likely last Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting.
The inspections evaluate safety and monitor the effects of traffic, weather and other elements on the structure.
Inspectors will use a snooper truck to evaluate the bridge. A snooper 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 inspection team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
MnDOT bridge inspectors will evaluate approximately 489 structures for MnDOT and 347 bridges for cities and counties in southeast Minnesota this season. The inspections are routine to ensure safety and monitor the effects of traffic, weather, and other elements on the structure.
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.
To learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota, go to MnDOT’s construction projects website.