Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The southbound lanes of I-35 between Lake Avenue and 21st Avenue West in Duluth will be closed for the next few days.
MnDOT officials say bridge inspectors identified deteriorated piling last Thursday that needs to be repaired before the southbound lanes can be reopened.
Daune Hill, District 1 Engineer, said the repairs will be focused on one of 38 piers.
He said at this point it's "better to be safe than sorry."
MnDOT will begin the repair with its maintenance crew before a contractor is hired, which is expected to happen Tuesday.
“The bridge is being closed as a precautionary measure due to the amount of deterioration that was identified during a recent inspection,” Hill said.
Local traffic may use I-35 between 26th Avenue East and Lake Avenue. All southbound traffic must exit at the common exit to Lake Avenue and 5th Avenue West.
A posted detour for southbound I-35 through-traffic is in affect and follows London Road, 12th Avenue East, 3rd Street, Mesaba Avenue, Michigan Street, 21st Avenue West to southbound I-35.
A posted detour for eastbound Mesaba Avenue (Highway 194) is in affect and follows Michigan Street, 21st Avenue West to southbound I-35.