A bridge has to be replaced because trucks kept smashing into it - Bring Me The News

A bridge has to be replaced because trucks kept smashing into it

Crews will be removing it this weekend.

Another big construction project is starting this weekend. Crews will be getting rid of a bridge south of the Twin Cities that trucks kept smashing into.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the 86th Street Bridge in Bloomington over I-35W has been a pretty big issue for big trucks. It's been crashed into several times, and now it's damaged. So instead of just fixing it up, crews are going to remove the whole thing and replace it with a taller bridge so trucks can actually fit.

KSTP says the bridge was built in the 1950s and has sustained many injuries over the years. The most recent one happened in April, and MnDOT closed it down after that.

Starting Friday at 10 p.m., a stretch of I-35W between Bloomington and Burnsville will be closed while crews work to get rid of the bridge. While they're at it, crews will also fix up northbound I-35W at McAndrews Road.

All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

For more information on the closure, click here.

Currently, the bridge has about 14.5 feet of clearance. The new bridge will tack on an extra two feet.

The entire $3.2 million project will take a few more months to complete, though. It's expected to be done in October.

You can stay up to date with all of MnDOT's construction projects here.

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