Updated: May 10, 2021 07:01 PM
Created: May 10, 2021 03:33 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Stretching over I-90, the 28th St. NE bridge in Austin is approaching the end of its functional life and is in need of replacement.
On Monday, crews began the $3.9 million project to build a new one. Barricades and barrels were put in place to direct traffic before the bridge closes Wednesday and comes down this weekend.
“That demolition work will go from Friday night till early Monday morning. It’s a lot of work in a short period of time, but it’s minimizing that disruption as much as possible,” said Director of Public Engagement and Communications for MnDOT District 6 Mike Dougherty.
During demolition, traffic along I-90 will need to use the on and off ramps to get by.
“It’s not a big detour for folks that are just using I-90 to get through, but just be aware that traffic will slow down a little bit going up and over,” Dougherty said.
Travel on the interstate should resume at the start of next week, but for the next few months, those wanting to cross the bridge will need to use a detour.
“Just be aware of all the signs. Those will direct you on the detour route. You just have to be alert and attentive to your driving,” said Dougherty.
Drivers should give themselves extra time to get to their destination.
“It is a little bit of a detour, it does take you a few miles off your normal route, but it’s not real extensive. Leave a little bit earlier to accommodate that little extra mileage,” Dougherty said.
MnDOT says this is just start of what’s to come. Several more bridges along I-90 near Austin are also ready for replacement.
“We try to look at wear and tear, what other bridges are coming up. You can’t replace all of the bridges along there at once, it’s just too big of a price tag,” said Dougherty.
The project is expected to run through October. You can learn more about it and sign up for updates on MnDOT’s website by clicking here.
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