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Oliver Bridge to re-open Monday

DULUTH -- The Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments announced Thursday that the Oliver Bridge, from West Duluth to Superior Wisconsin, is slated to re-open at midday Monday, Dec. 3. The bridge has been closed since Jan. 22 for major ...

DULUTH -- The Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments announced Thursday that the Oliver Bridge, from West Duluth to Superior Wisconsin, is slated to re-open at midday Monday, Dec. 3. The bridge has been closed since Jan. 22 for major renovation.
Crews from Johnson Bros. Corporation of Litchfield worked on the 1,900-foot structure. A steel-reinforced concrete deck, allowing axle weights to double from five to ten tons, replaced the wooden deck of the bridge. The superstructure of the bridge, which carries railroad traffic, has also been renovated.
Because of its structure and location, the bridge's width and its sharp curves could not be significantly modified, according to MnDOT. Due to these concerns, plus the bridge's narrow roadway and the addition of larger truck traffic, motorists are advised to use caution with on-coming truck traffic. Special signs at each end of the bridge will read, "Trucks must not meet vehicles on curve."
The renovation project cost $7 million, paid by a public-private partnership: Each state payed 30 percent and the owner of the Bridge, the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company (DM&IR) contributed the remaining 40 percent.

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