Construction continues on Dresbach Bridge

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DRESBACH, Minn. (WEAU) -- It’s an old bridge, that’s getting a hi-tech replacement.

Construction started on the Dresbach Bridge project last spring.

Keith Magnuson is a supervisor and custodian at the rest stop off the Dresbach Bridge.

He drives from Bangor to Dresbach, Minnesota, two to three times a week.

“I can’t wait until the construction gets done,” said Magnuson.

MnDOT project engineer Mark Anderson said construction started on the Dresbach Bridge in the late spring of last year.

He said the bridge is being replaced, because it’s getting towards the end of its useful life.

“MnDOT has maintained this bridge, and it’s inspected every year, and it’s safe to be driving on, and it’s safe to use,” said Anderson.

The almost $190 million dollar includes replacing the current bridge with two new bridges.

“The new bridge will be wider, and with that width there will be a little extra safety room for people. There will be shoulders if something happens people can pull off,” said Anderson.

Plus, the interchange with Highway 61, and the entrance into rest area off of exit 276 will be redone.

Anderson said exit 276 and the rest area off the exit will be closed for at least a year likely starting April 15.

The project is expected to be completed by late fall of 2016.

MnDOT said the contractor will take down the old bridge in the spring of 2017.

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