$18.2 million in construction to preserve US 2/Bong Bridge

By KBJR News 1

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$18.2 million in construction to preserve US 2/Bong Bridge

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Transportation experts say the Bong Bridge needs some work. An $18.2 million contract has been finalized for construction which is set to begin on Monday, March 31.

Motorists will not be able to use westbound US 2 (Bong Bridge) until Nov. 1, 2014. In 2015, the eastbound lanes will be closed. There will be a signed detour.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says this is one of the most significant improvement projects on the bridge since it opened in 1984.

Details of the work include:
–Overlay existing bridge deck and make necessary repairs to the sidewalk
–Replace and repair arch components and repaint
–Replace existing expansion joints and repaint girder ends
–Replace street lights and ship navigation lights
Wisconsin approach:
–Construct a modern roundabout at Belknap St./ US 2 intersection
–Add local access connection to US 2 for North Garfield Ave. (City Industrial Park)
–Replace roadway lighting
–Replace existing concrete pavement

Project updates can be found throughout the construction by clicking here.

Ramona Marozas