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Oct. 15, 2021

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Bridge removal on old Hwy 19 at Sulphur Lake begins Oct. 19

WILLMAR, Minn. – A project to remove the bridge on old Highway 19 over Sulphur Lake in Morton will begin October 19. The bridge, which has been closed to traffic since 2010, is being removed to improve safety.

Removing the bridge will leave the site in a more natural state and available for recreational use. Old pavements will be removed and most of the old roadway will be covered with topsoil and seeded to restore it to a natural condition. A short section of the old roadway will be converted to a gravel surface, connecting the Sulphur Lake site with the DNR river access parking area to allow easy and safe entry to the area for recreational use. The bridge abutments will be removed down to the ground line, then covered with stone riprap to minimize ground disturbance.

Crews will begin moving equipment to the area beginning October 19. Demolition and riprap placement are expected to take place into December. The project will then be suspended until spring when crews will remove old pavements and restore the area to a natural state.

Traffic impacts

The project will have minimal traffic impacts as work will be done off the roadway. Motorists and recreational visitors are encouraged to use caution and watch for heavy equipment entering, exiting, and working in the area.

Additional project information

The project cost is $730,000, and Redstone Construction, LLC, is the contractor. Work is scheduled to be complete by June 15, 2021. Please note that the start and end dates could change due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Work zone travel

MnDOT asks 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