Crews Begin Reconstruction of the Jean Duluth Road

By KBJR News 1

Crews Begin Reconstruction of the Jean Duluth Road

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Crews have started work on the Jean Duluth Road where the bridge crosses over the Lester River following June's devastating floods.

Officials hope to have the project done by January 18th, 2013.

Before the torrential rainfall in June, the bridge was traveled by an average of 4,100 motorists each day. The St. Louis County Public Works Department has significantly accelerated the bridge’s rebuilding to get Jean Duluth Road reopened.

A project of this scope typically takes three to four years from conception to completion, but will be done within seven months.

“We are pushing the limits on cold weather construction,” said Jim Foldesi, Public Works Director, “but we recognize the importance of this road to the many people who use it each day. I would like to thank all of the agencies involved who have helped bring the project to this point so quickly.”

The new bridge, which was designed by LHB Engineers & Architects and contracted to Redstone Construction Co., Inc. of Mora, MN will include 12-foot wide lanes, plus eight-foot shoulders. The design of the structure includes concrete beams, a concrete deck and metal railings.

The posted detour remains in place on Strand Road, North Tischer Road and Zimmerman Road directing motorists around the closed segment.

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