MnDOT/WisDOT to Restrict Overweight Vehicles on Blatnik Bridge

New maximum weight restrictions set for Blatnik Bridge. New maximum weight restrictions set for Blatnik Bridge. |  Photo: WDIO, File

Created: June 04, 2019 10:04 AM

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation have announced new weight restrictions for the Blatnik Bridge on Interstate 535.  According to a joint press release from MnDOT/WisDOT,  the maximum vehicle weight will be set at 40 tons.  This restriction will go into effect on June 4, 2019.  This decision is a result of an updated load rating analysis that is being completed on behalf of both agencies by an independent consultant. 

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“The bridge is safe,” MnDOT District Engineer Duane Hill said in the release. “We are taking this step to ensure the bridge remains serviceable until we can replace it.” 

MnDOT and WisDOT jointly manage the service of the Blatnik Bridge and continue to work on alternatives to replace the bridge as soon as 2028.

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