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Bong Bridge Closure Delayed

Updated: 03/27/2014 11:54 AM
Created: 03/27/2014 11:49 AM WDIO.com

The closure of Duluth-bound traffic on the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge has been delayed until May.

The Duluth-bound lanes of the bridge, also known as U.S. Highway 2, were originally scheduled to close on Monday.  However, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation now says one Duluth-bound lane will remain open until May 5.

WisDOT said the change was made after reviewing the contractor schedule.  It said the change will minimize disruption to commuters and commercial traffic.

Drivers will still find one lane closed in each direction of the bridge beginning Monday.

When the Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge are closed on May 5, westbound U.S. Highway 2 traffic will be detoured to the Blatnik Bridge, following the route of U.S. Highway 53 to I-35.  Detour signs have already been prepared along the route.

The Bong Bridge will be undergoing a two-year project, which WisDOT said will be one of the most significant improvement projects since the bridge opened in 1984.  The intersection of the bridge and U.S. Highway 2/Belknap Street in Superior will also be converted to a roundabout as part of the project.

Superior-bound lanes will be closed in 2015.

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