Hwy 96 bridge weekend closure in White Bear Lake rescheduled July 7-10

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Hwy 96 bridge weekend closure in White Bear Lake rescheduled to July 7-10

Lane reductions scheduled on northbound I-35E from Co Rd E to Hwy 96 for shoulder work

Motorists should be aware that the Hwy 96 bridge will close at I-35E beginning 8 p.m. Fri, July 7. The bridge closure was scheduled to occur a few weeks ago, but weather delays and then the Fourth of July holiday weekend made it necessary to reschedule the closure.

During the closure, you’ll only be able to turn right from either I-35E or Hwy 96. Only the following movements will be allowed:

  • Northbound I-35E to eastbound Hwy 96
  • Southbound I-35E to westbound Hwy 96
  • Eastbound Hwy 96 to southbound I-35E and
  • Westbound Hwy 96 to northbound I-35E

We’re closing the bridge so crews can apply a chip seal (thin coat of asphalt and gravel) to the bridge deck.  We’ll re-open the bridge by 5 a.m. Mon, July 10.

In addition, NB I-35E will be reduced to two lanes from Co Rd E to Hwy 96 starting at 7 p.m. on Fri, July 7 until 5 a.m. Mon, July 10.  We’re closing a lane for shoulder work.  Once the lane closure is lifted, it’ll be replaced with a shoulder closure until 2 p.m. for concrete curing.

More about this project

The bridge work is part of the two-year I-35E Goose Lake Rd and Hwy 96 road resurfacing project. In addition to resurfacing, the work includes widening the road, re-decking and widening the Hwy 96 bridge, replacing the I-35E bridges over Goose Lake Rd, updating drainage, repairing guardrail and constructing a trail. The work is expected to be complete by late summer 2017.

Visit the project website at: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35vadnaisheights/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit: www.511mn.org