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Town Of Summit Road To Close For Balsam Creek Bridge Replacement

Douglas County drivers who use County Trunk Highway B in the Town of Summit will need to find an alternative route for a while.  Work crews will begin to replace the bridge that crosses Balsam Creek on Monday, May 1;  the work is expected to start by 7:00 AM.  The road lies to the south of Superior.

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Steve Tanko
Steve Tanko
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More Details About This Summers Oliver Bridge Work Released

Details about the work to be performed this summer on the Oliver Bridge continue to slowly trickle out from the authorities involved.  Since the initial word was released that the bridge would see daytime closures again this summer, officials have revised the start date - from April 17 to April 24...

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TSM - Nick Cooper
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MNDOT Plans Bridge Inspections; Ramp Closures Happen April 24-27

With two major bridges in the Twin Ports - not to mention an interstate highway and miles of highway - road maintenance is a significant concern.  The crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation work diligently to inspect and repair the roadways we use each and every day.

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Steve Tanko
Steve Tanko
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Revised Start Date For Oliver Bridge Daily Closures

Although original reports has the Oliver Bridge set to resume the summer daily closure schedule on Monday, April 17 - it appears that that start date has been revised slightly.  According to the flashing data sign that signals drivers on the approach to both sides of the bridge, the start date is now Monday, April 24.

It was a long year for many drivers as the Oliver Bridge saw daily closures from April far into November in 2016.  Now as promised, the closures will return for this summer - although officials are promising a little shorter schedule of work.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
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Annual Spring Cleaning On Bong And Blatnik Bridges Starts This Week

I guess you could call it another sure sign of spring:  the annual salt/sand sweeping on the Bong and Blatnik Bridges - and the "Can of Worms" interchange and Boundary Avenue to 21st Avenue East area of I-35 starts this week.  Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to be aware of the process and to use caution when approaching the work convoy.

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Rendering provided by St. Louis County
Rendering provided by St. Louis County
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Roundabout Considered For Hermantown Intersection

Two years ago there were none.  Then, transportation officials unveiled a roundabout at the base of the Bong Bridge after a multi-year rebuilding project.  Hibbing and Chisholm are at the receiving end of one each this summer.  Now, it appears that the Duluth-Superior area could be seeing another circular-intersection.

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China Projects Delayed By New Sri Lankan Administration
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Highway 169 Tower To Ely Realignment Project Gets Underway

If you've ever driven the highway between Tower and Ely, you've probably determined that that stretch of 169 has been in serious need of some improvements for some time.  Besides the obvious routine upkeep, the route to Ely has long been on the drawing board for a realignment to reduce its narrow, curvy nature.

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Major Freeway Bridge Collapses In Minneapolis During Rush Hour
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MNDOT Uses “Smart Bridge Technology” To Study Defects

Living in the Twin Ports, most of us probably cross one of the two major bridges in the St. Louis River Bay often - if not daily.  Crossing over from one city - and state - is so easy, it's really second nature and we usually don't even think about it.  That is - until something happens.  The 2007 collapse of the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities is fresh enough in our collective mindset.

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WISDOT Reminder: No Cell Phones In Construction Zones

Along with nicer temperatures and (eventually) rain and fog, one of the sure signs of spring in the Northland is the large number of orange cones that start to make their appearance along roadways.  For sure, the summer road construction season is brisk with projects in our part of the country.

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Steve Tanko
Steve Tanko
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Oliver Bridge To See Daily Closures; Schedule For Summer 2017 Released

It was a long year for many drivers as the Oliver Bridge saw daily closures from April far into November in 2016.  Now as promised, the closures will return for this summer - although officials are promising a little shorter schedule of work.

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Three Road Projects Start Monday In Superior

Three week-long road projects in Superior will kick-off on Monday, March 27.  Crews with the City of Superior will be making concrete repairs to two major arterial routes:  US Highway 2/53 on the eastern edge of town and on Tower Avenue/Highway 35.

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Ogden Avenue To Close Due To Discovery Of Unexpected Underground Tank

If you've been following the Belknap Street project, you know that the two-year work kicked off on Monday - with the first cycle of work focusing on the eastern and western edges of the cross-town thoroughfare.  A discovery made while crews were setting up temporary light signals is prompting a slight change of plans and an unexpected road closure.

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