Starting in a little over six weeks, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will replace the deck of the Highway 19 bridge on the west side of Redwood Falls. The project is expected to run from May 2 through Sept. 2. According to MnDOT, in 2019 the average daily traffic count at the Hwy 19 bridge is 6,700 vehicles per day.

For much of the construction, traffic will be limited to two lanes across the bridge. Plans call for the bridge to be completely closed to traffic for three times, for three days apiece.

To discourage the use of local streets as alternative detour routes, the City will be setting up traffic control measures such as additional stop signs in nearby neighborhoods, temporary speed bumps, and additional pedestrian lane markings.

Also, traffic on the swayback bridge in Ramsey Park will be restricted to one lane, with stop signs on each side of the bridge.

MnDOT has scheduled a project information meeting on April 21.