I-35 project closes some bridge rampsThe second phase of the Interstate 35 mega project gets underway in Duluth next week.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The second phase of the Interstate 35 mega project gets underway in Duluth next week.
While the project area is going to be smaller this year, with 60 percent of the project completed last year, there are still going to be traffic changes for people traveling between Duluth and Superior, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman, John Bray.
For people traveling over the Blatnik Bridge, and heading toward downtown Duluth, the route along the interstate would normally be to take the northbound ramp to I-35 heading to Mesaba Avenue or Superior and Michigan streets.
Bray said that ramp will close during the project this year for about 14 days sometime after May. The detour route will be signed to travel on northbound Highway 53 to 21st Avenue West, to southbound Highway 53 to bring drivers back to northbound I-35.
The southbound ramp to I-35 from the Blatnik Bridge will be closed throughout the entire construction season starting Monday, Bray said. The detour route is to head north on I-35 and get off the interstate at the Fifth Avenue West interchange to head south on I-35.
For Superior-bound traffic using the Blatnik Bridge, Bray said the Wisconsin exit will be open to north and southbound traffic this year.
While there are no issues for traffic heading from Superior to Duluth on the Bong Bridge, traffic traveling from Duluth to Bong Bridge will be subject to detours this year.
Later in the season, the southbound Wisconsin ramp will be closed. The detour uses the Blatnik Bridge to get to Superior.
The eastbound ramp to Wisconsin at the Bong Bridge will be closed throughout the construction season with traffic diverted to the Blatnik Bridge to get to Superior.
Bray said his best piece of advice for drivers is to pay close attention because the project will be signed extensively to guide drivers around and through the extensive construction project.
For up-to-date information on the project, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/duluthmegaproject.
The Duluth project is just one of 10 planned this construction season for I-35 between Duluth and the Twin Cities area, according to Bray, who invites motorists to call or e-mail him for a Minnesota Highways map to avoid construction zones.
Bray can be reached at (218) 725-2708 or firstname.lastname@example.org through June 30.