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Possible Delays on Roads Due to Bridge Inspections and Cleaning

May 19, 2019 06:46 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Every year after the winter months, Minnesota Department of Transportation crews do a little spring cleaning.

Beginning Sunday night and ending Thursday mornings, crews will be spraying down bridges in Rochester along Highway 52.

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From 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., crews will use high pressure pumps to get rid of winter dirt and salt winter left behind, and inspect them for any potential damage that occurred during the winter.

“What folks will encounter is one night they’ll be at one bridge, but the next night they’ll have moved on. There will be bright lights, probably some arrow boards telling you to move over, but I think the big thing is just slow down and move over,” said Mike Dougherty with MnDOT District 6.

Though some lanes of travel may be closed during the cleaning, Dougherty said it shouldn’t cause any major delays.

During the four night cleaning period, crews will tackle about 30 bridges, doing a visual inspection and spraying down gutter lines and joints.

While this is done annually, Dougherty said it’s especially important after such a brutal winter.

“Especially because the freeze thaw period was rather disruptive and I think you know people are seeing that on gravel roads still the effects of that, so we do it every year but especially you know these are the types of years that it’s very important,” he said.

More information on up-to-date road conditions and construction projects can be found on MnDOT’s website, 511mn.org.

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