For anyone that uses the Blatnik Bridge to travel between Duluth and Superior, you should look for an alternative route starting August 22. A scheduled repair project to the bridge is set to begin on Monday, August 22 that will have a significant impact on traffic into October.
When does the Bong Bridge open again? A two-week bridge inspection is planned for the Blatnik Bridge's Superior-bound lanes - November 2 through November 10. Traffic heading towards Superior from Duluth will be restricted to one single lane during daytime hours: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
It's not over yet! In what seems like a never-ending cycle of bridge work and inspections over the last ten years here in the Twin Ports comes this news: Minnesota Department of Transportation workers will be performing their annual inspection of the Blatnik Bridge. The first day on the schedule is this Saturday, October 3.
The two-year project to revamp the Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior is mid-way through its second summer. As drivers look forward to the November completion date, this is a good time to get an update on the work as it progresses.
Year Number Two of the work on the Bong Bridge commences Monday, April 13 as the eastbound or Superior-bound lanes close to traffic until November 2015. When it's finished, the work will represent a total rebuild of the deck - something that has never occurred since the bridge first opened to traffic in 1984. It will also see the new roundabout as a fully-functioning intersection.