abc
QUICK LINKS:

MnDOT Reschedules Blatnik Bridge Maintenance after Traffic Jam

Updated: 05/07/2014 3:48 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 3:47 PM WDIO.com

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has rescheduled maintenance work on the Blatnik Bridge after the work caused major delays for drivers headed from Superior to Duluth Wednesday.

Workers had closed one of the bridge's two Duluth-bound lanes at the midday hours.  The Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge (U.S. Highway 2) are also closed for a major rehabilitation project, meaning the number of lanes from Superior to Duluth was reduced from four to one.  The Blatnik Bridge (U.S. Highway 53/I-535) is the official detour route for Bong Bridge traffic.

After seeing the traffic backup, MnDOT decided to postpone the work until later this summer.

"We will find a time to do the work when traffic is not as heavy. Our work often affects travel times, and we do our best to reduce delays when we can," said MnDOT District Engineer Duane Hill.

The Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge are scheduled to be closed until Nov. 1.  Next year, Superior-bound lanes will be closed.

Front Page

  • Scannell Convicted on Both Counts

    A jury has convicted Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The verdict comes after about nine hours of deliberations yesterday evening and today.

  • Spirit Mountain Seeing Big Changes

    Just months into a new executive director, Spirit Mountain is seeing some big changes. Daniel Fanning with the mayor's office says three positions are being discontinued, including the director of marketing, director of operations, and director of skier services.

  • Cider House Opens in Historic Duluth Building

    In a city of craft beer, Endion Station is Duluth's first cider house. The group behind Fitger's Brewhouse bought the old train depot, which now sits in Canal Park, two years ago and reopened the piece of history Friday.

  • Engineering Firms Expanding in Twin Ports

    Duluth and Superior are winning awards for the best places to live, and the Twin Ports economy is looking good as two engineering firms expand in both cities. Company leader say new offices opening on Friday mean more local jobs.

  • Man Killed During Storm in Quetico Park

    Ontario Provincial Police say a West Virginia man died during Tuesday morning's storm in Quetico Provincial Park.  Charles Emerson Showalter, 63, of Wheeling, W.V., died after a tree fell on him while he slept in a tent.

 
Advertisement