The two year, $18.2 million dollar project to rebuild the Bong Bridge starts Monday, March 31.  The first phase of the project will close the bridge to Duluth-bound traffic for 7 months.

Details of the work include:

Bong Bridge work

  • Overlay existing bridge deck and make necessary repairs to the sidewalk
  • Replace and repair arch components and repaint
  • Replace existing expansion joints and repaint girder ends
  • Replace street lights and ship navigation lights

Wisconsin approach

  • Construct a modern roundabout at Belknap St./ US 2 intersection
  • Add local access connection to US 2 for North Garfield Ave. (City Industrial Park)
  • Bridge deck overlay of the Susquehanna overhead bridge
  • Replace roadway lighting
  • Replace existing concrete pavement

The first phase of the project will wrap up on November 1, 2014 - opening to traffic for the winter season.  Work will resume on the other side - the east-bound, Superior-bound side - in the Spring of 2015.