Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 19, 2017

Oliver Bridge rehabilitation project to restart

Daytime road closures begin April 24

DULUTH, Minn. — The second and final year of a major maintenance and strengthening project on the Oliver railroad bridge over the St. Louis River between Duluth, Minn. and Oliver, Wis. will begin on Monday, April 24.

The bridge strengthening project is a major investment in the continuing safety and efficiency of CN’s Wisconsin and Minnesota railroad network.

The bridge work included in 2017 is as follows:

  • Full replacement of the 47-foot-long Span 1 on the east end of the bridge
  • Removal of the steel cross ties and steel deck which carries the rail
  • Installation of new solid timber deck to carry the rail

The bridge work will prompt daytime closures of the roadway beneath the rail bridge connecting Wisconsin Hwy 105 to Minnesota Hwy 39. The highway portion of the bridge will be closed to traffic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The daily closures are expected to begin April 24 and continue into the fall.

CN has worked with the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation on the closure signage.

Due to holidays and certain local events, the road will remain open on the following days:

  • Friday, May 26, 2017 – Road open at 12:00 (noon) for Memorial Day traffic
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 – Road open all day for Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 16, 2017 – Road open at 12:00 (noon) for Grandma’s Marathon traffic
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 – Road open all day for 4th of July weekend
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – Road open all day for 4th of July weekend
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Road open at 12:00 (noon) for Blue’s Fest traffic
  • Friday, August 11, 2017 – Road open all day for Blue’s Fest
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 – Road open at 12:00 (noon) for Labor Day traffic
  • Monday, September 4, 2017 – Road open for Labor Day
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 – Road open at 12:00 (noon) for In Line Marathon traffic

Information on the status of road closures will be available from these Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation websites during the Oliver Bridge project:

About the bridge:

  • Double deck 1,935 foot-long steel, multi-span bridge
  • Railroad upper deck with two-lane highway below
  • 31 plate girder spans and one through truss span with single track between Duluth and Oliver
  • Carries approximately 20 trains a day
  • Built  in  1910  connecting  Spirit  Lake  Transfer  Railway  in  Minnesota  with  the Interstate Transfer Railway in Wisconsin

For information:
CN Public Inquiry Line 888-888-5909
Contact@cn.ca

Media:
Patrick Waldron CN
Senior Manager, Media Relations 514-399-8803
Patrick.Waldron@cn.ca

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