Blatnik Bridge Detour Begins August 22
Lane closures for a scheduled repair that will last until October 28
Beginning August 22, a scheduled repair project will close both southbound lanes and one northbound lane for approximately four weeks.
Motorists traveling north on the Blatnik Bridge should expect delays. Southbound motorists may use the Bong Bridge as an alternate route. All lanes of the Bong Bridge will remain open while the Blatnik undergoes repairs. Southbound traffic on the Bong Bridge is expected to be heavy and motorists should allow extra time.
Northbound lanes and one southbound lane will close for four weeks, on about September 28.
The entire project is expected to be complete by October 28.
In addition to the bridge repairs, pavement repairs will be made to I-535 between I-35 and the Blatnik Bridge. Pavement work on the Garfield Avenue ramps will also be done as part of this project.
Motorists are asked to be patient and drive carefully near the work zone areas.
MnDOT is delaying the start of this project by one week to minimize traffic impacts during the Duluth Tall Ships Festival.