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Highway 23/Mississippi River Bridge Project Update

The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a preconstruction conference recently with Lunda Construction, prime contractor for the Highway 23/Mississippi River bridge project, on bridge demolition and construction. Demolition schedule The demolition of the bridge is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 25, pending contract approval. Crews will begin work by installing security fences, constructing river access on the southeast side of the river and removing the railing and lighting off the deck. The existing bridge deck will be removed, by sections, which should take about two months.   Bridge work will continue during the winter months. Lunda crews expect to have substructure piers in place by May 2009 to begin placement of steel truss beams. The bridge will be opened to four lanes of traffic by November 2009 and be completed by June 2010. Traffic impacts At 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25,  Riverside Avenue will close to traffic at the bridge. Motorists should follow signed detour.   Motorists are also asked to slow down and watch for trucks hauling materials away from the bridge. Please join Mn/DOT in a safety partnership. Bicycle and pedestrian path   restrictions Effective Aug. 25, bikers and pedestrians will no   longer be allowed to access or cross the bridge. For safety reasons, the bike and pedestrian paths on both sides of the bridge are also closed during this work. A signed detour route will be provided. Project Detour Continues Westbound Highway 23 traffic is detoured onto Lincoln Avenue, St. Germain Street and Fourth  Avenue. Eastbound Highway 23 traffic should follow the signed detour on Fourth Avenue, St. Germain Street and Wilson Avenue. Semitrailer drivers are encouraged to continue to use a signed truck route around St. Cloud to alleviate local congestion. The route is via Highway 15, Benton County Road 29 and Highway 10. River navigation Boat traffic will be maintained during this project. For safety  reasons, river navigation at the bridge may be closed for short periods of time during demolition. Noise ordinance Lunda crews will observe the city of St. Cloud's noise ordinance, which restricts noise levels  between the hours of 6 a.m. and  10 p.m. In special situations, a variance may be approved by the city council. City monument The monument at the west end of the bridge will be removed. The three engraved plaques will be removed from the cement base, repaired and stored by the city until the bridge work is completed. To receive project updates To subscribe to e-mail updates for the Highway 23 downtown  St. Cloud construction project, visit www.mndot.gov.