A highway bridge in St. Louis County will be closed for three weeks as work crews put the final touches on a project that was started last summer.  The bridge on County Highway 5 that crosses Bear River in Linden Township will be closed through June 20 as final paving, striping, and shoulder work are taken care of.

A detour will be in place directing drivers to use the Airport Road and Highway 22 as alternative routes.  Signs will be in place to direct drivers along those routes.

The new bridge that was installed last summer is a major improvement from what it replaced.  The 302-foot bridge is significantly longer that the previous model - which had reached the end of its lifespan after more than 83 years of service.  The new bridge also takes into account the unstable soil that is prevalent in the area.

To get more details about this project or any road work being done by the St. Louis County Highway Department, click here.

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