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Virtual meeting dives into Blatnik Bridge project

The 60-year-old bridge is nearing the end of its usable lifespan.

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The John A. Blatnik Memorial Bridge (also called the High Bridge), and Rices Point fishing pier on July 1, 2021. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation will host a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, to discuss alternative options for the Blatnik Bridge project.

The Blatnik Bridge opened in 1961, connecting Duluth and Superior over the St. Louis River Bay. After 60 years of exposure to elements, the bridge has deteriorated and is nearing the end of its usable life. MnDOT and WisDOT have a management agreement in place to keep the bridge safe for its remaining life, and MnDOT is leading the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to assess the project’s needs, alternative options and determine environmental impacts.

The meeting will include a presentation and time for questions. More information on the project and a link to the virtual meeting can be found on the project webpage at mndot.gov/d1/projects/blatnik-bridge .

For those unable to attend any of the meetings, a recording will be posted on the webpage to be viewed when convenient. To call into the meeting, call 855-282-6330. The meeting access code is 2484 248 6026.

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