Oliver Bridge daily road closures start Monday
The Oliver Bridge will again close to daytime traffic between Minnesota and Wisconsin as Canadian National Railway continues work spiffing up the old span.
Starting Monday, the double-decker bridge connecting Minnesota Highway 39 and Wisconsin Highway 105 will close from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until fall, with a few exceptions over holiday and event weekends.
CN, which owns the bridge and is contracting out work for the repairs, expects to finish the two-year strengthening work this year. A 47-foot-long span will be fully replaced on the east side of the bridge, and the steel cross ties and deck will be removed and replaced by a new solid timber deck for the rail portion of the bridge.
The road span, which sits below the rail bridge, will reopen at noon on several Fridays this summer: May 26 for Memorial Day traffic; June 16 for Grandma's Marathon; Sept. 1 for Labor Day; Sept. 15 for the NorthShore Inline Marathon; and Thursday, Aug. 10 for the Bayfront Blues Festival.
Further, the bridge will be open all day May 29, July 3 and 4, Aug. 11 and Sept. 4.
The bridge, built in 1910, carries about 20 trains a day nearly 2,000 feet across the St. Louis River. It also connects the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood with Oliver.
Work started last April on the bridge, with CN saying the renovation would be a "multimillion-dollar project."