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April 26, 2022

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Hwy 19 Redwood Falls bridge project begins May 2

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Highway 19 bridge repair project in Redwood Falls begins Monday, May 2. The project includes repairing and resurfacing the bridge over the Redwood River just west of U.S. Highway 71 in Redwood Falls. Deteriorated concrete deck and approach panels will be replaced; the bridge railing will be repaired; and the pedestrian access to the west side of the bridge will be updated to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Traffic impacts

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One-half of the bridge deck will be removed at a time, allowing the other half of the bridge to be used for traffic during much of construction. Bridge lanes will be reduced from 12 feet to 10 feet wide and can accommodate two-way traffic; however, drivers are asked to slow down and use extra caution through the work zone. No oversize, overweight permits will be issued in the work zone during the project. If a temporary lane closure becomes necessary during construction, flaggers will direct traffic across the bridge.

A detour of Hwy 19 will be required up to three times during construction for about one week each occurrence to complete concrete work. The detour follows County Road 17/Laser Avenue, County Road 25, River Road, and Redwood 101.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include a smoother deck surface, the extended service life of the bridge, and compliance with ADA standards.

PCI Roads, LLC, is the contractor for the project, which will cost $950,000. Construction is scheduled to end September 2. Start and end dates could change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; 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 and expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

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