I-35 Southbound lanes reopen

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Traffic through downtown Duluth is moving more smoothly, since the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopened the lanes of southbound interstate-35 Wednesday morning.

The section of the interstate between Lake Avenue and 21st Avenue West was suddenly closed for emergency construction more than three weeks ago due to deteriorated pilings.

MNDot officials say they would like to thank motorists for their patience during project, although we haven't seen the end of it.

"Traffic flow east and west through Duluth is back to normal, and we have more work to do on this bridge. But to the best of our knowledge there's nothing else that we have to do that will impact traffic," said Duane Hill, district engineer for MNDot.

The next step in bridge repairs will take place in 2015 with a summer project that will redirect drainage away from the piers so water coming off the bridge deck filling around the pilings won't cause more damage.

Elsa Robins

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