WILLMAR, Minn. – The public is invited to an in-person construction open house on Thursday, April 21 to learn about the upcoming Highway 19 bridge repair project in Redwood Falls. The open house will be held at the Redwood Falls City Hall, and run from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation and people are invited to stop by anytime during open house hours.

MnDOT staff and the contractor will be available to answer questions about the construction phase of the Hwy 19 project, including the timeline and detours.

Project summary

The project includes repairing and resurfacing the bridge over the Redwood River just west of U.S. Highway 71 in Redwood Falls. Deteriorated concrete deck and approach panels will be replaced; the bridge railing will be repaired; and the pedestrian access to the west side of the bridge will be updated to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Traffic impacts

One-half of the bridge deck will be removed at a time, allowing the other half of the bridge to be used for traffic during much of construction. A signal light and/or flaggers will direct traffic across the bridge. A detour of Hwy 19 will be required up to three times during construction for about three days each occurrence to complete concrete work. The detour follows County Road 17/Laser Avenue, County Road 25, River Road, and Redwood 101, see attached detour map.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include a smoother deck surface, the extended service life of the bridge, and compliance with ADA standards.

PCI Roads, LLC, is the contractor for the project, which will cost $950,000. Construction is scheduled to begin May 2 and end September 2. Please note that dates could change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.