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Roadwork begins on Hwy. 210 between Cromwell and Wright

Work begins this week on the first of two road projects that will affect travelers on Minnesota Highway 210 this year. Highway 210 between Cromwell and Wright will be restricted to a single lane in each direction from Thursday to about May 24. Mo...

Work begins this week on the first of two road projects that will affect travelers on Minnesota Highway 210 this year.

Highway 210 between Cromwell and Wright will be restricted to a single lane in each direction from Thursday to about May 24. Motorists may also encounter intermittent full closures lasting no longer than 15 minutes and intermittent flagging operations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Crews will install culvert linings, turn lanes and bypass lanes.

The work is part of a $7.5 million project that will resurface Highway 210 from Carlton to Minnesota Highway 65 in McGregor. Resurfacing work will be done in increments of no longer than six miles. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in August.

Work is expected to begin in June on a separate project on the highway -- the $1.9 million rehabilitation of the 51-year-old, 223-foot-long bridge over the St. Louis River near Thomson.

Work on the bridge will include repairs or reconstruction of structural steel and gusset plates; replacement of rivets with bolts; installation of new expansion joints and concrete bridge deck and rails; repairs on the bridge abutments and wing walls; and painting. The work is expected to extend the bridge's life by 50 years.

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During the project, the bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured. The eastbound detour route will be from Highway 210 north on Highway 45 to County Road 61, east to County Road 1, then south on County Road 1 back to Highway 210; the westbound detour is that route in reverse.

About 1,350 vehicles cross the Highway 210 bridge each day. The rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed in October.

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