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August 31, 2021

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Hwy 40 Milan bridge project complete

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Hwy 40 Milan bridge replacement project is complete. Construction began in 2019 and the new bridge opened to single-lane traffic in July 2020, and to two-way traffic in November 2020. Construction continued into 2021 to restore the historic riprap. With placement and grouting of the extensive stonework completed early in August, the final tasks of grading, grass seeding, and tree planting marked the end of the project this week.

The project included the replacement of the bridge on Hwy 40 that crosses Lac qui Parle Lake, known as the Milan Bridge, located three miles west of Milan. The project also included pedestrian access improvements. Historical elements were incorporated into the new bridge using iron railing on both sides of the bridge. Stonework was hand placed to closely match the original construction done by the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

Benefits of the project include a safer and wider bridge, and pedestrian access improvements which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project cost $7.7 million, and Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company of Glenwood, Minn., was the contractor.

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Work zone travel

MnDOT advises travelers to always slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution. Other reminders: 

  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times