November 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Matthew Hemmila, P.E., Bridge Engineer
Public Works Department
Construction begins to rebuild bridge on Jean Duluth Road
Yet another significant sign of progress following last summer’s devastating flood: construction has started to rebuild the bridge where Jean Duluth Road crosses over the Lester River. The new bridge is expected to be complete by no later than January 18, 2013. The prime contractor on the project is Redstone Construction Co., Inc. of Mora, Minn.
Located approximately one mile south of Zimmerman Road, the bridge was traveled by an average of 4,100 motorists each day before being washed out by last June’s storm. The St. Louis County Public Works Department has significantly accelerated the bridge’s rebuilding to get Jean Duluth Road reopened. A project of this scope typically takes three to four years from conception to completion, but will be done within seven months.
“We are pushing the limits on cold weather construction,” said Jim Foldesi, Public Works Director, “but we recognize the importance of this road to the many people who use it each day. I would like to thank all of the agencies involved who have helped bring the project to this point so quickly.”
The new bridge, which was designed by LHB Engineers & Architects, will include 12-foot wide lanes, plus eight-foot shoulders. The design of the structure includes concrete beams, a concrete deck and metal railings.
The posted detour remains in place on Strand Road, North Tischer Road and Zimmerman Road directing motorists around the closed segment. To sign up for e-mail alerts on this or any St. Louis County Public Works project, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/construction.
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