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July 25, 2022

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Hwy 19 Redwood Falls bridge reopens tomorrow

WILLMAR, Minn. – The hwy 19 bridge in Redwood Falls is reopening Tuesday morning, July 26. The detour should be removed and bridge open by 9:00 a.m. It was closed July 21 so crews could pour the first half of the new deck surface. Originally slated to be closed through July 29, the concrete reached 100 percent strength earlier than expected.

This was the second of three scheduled concrete pours, and it completes stage 1. Traffic will be switched to the opposite side of the bridge in a few days, and stage 2 work will begin. The third and final bridge closure for concrete work is scheduled for mid-August.

The project includes repairing and resurfacing the bridge over the Redwood River just west of U.S. hwy 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.

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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