The detour has come a little later than planned in the original timeline, but there is now one in place at the Oliver Bridge Minnesota-side approach project. East and west-bound traffic are being split, to follow a well-defined route.

Eastbound traffic is being redirected to East Prescott Street, while westbound traffic is being routed via East Heard Street.  The detour has allowed the workers to close the road where it meets Grand Avenue, so that they can work on that section.

Road crews have spent the last two months prepping the area closer to the approach to the bridge - including new underground utilities, curb, and sidewalks. Still to come is a deep sanitary sewer line replacement, located just east of 96th Avenue.  Work on that area will bring about a full closure of the roadway, a closure that will also fall during a week night.  (Most work near the Oliver Bridge is performed during the daytime hours only - allowing the roadway to be open for morning and afternoon commutes.)

Total cost for this summer's project is $1.2 million, but to anyone who drives that Duluth-side approach to the Oliver Bridge will agree that it's money well spent! MNDOT's web page for the project suggests that it'll last the entire summer - ending before the snow flies.

To get all the details, click here to visit MNDOT's project page.