Highway 99 closure in Mankato, Minn., extended another month

By Land Line staff | Thursday, September 21, 2017

A small stretch of Highway 99 in Mankato, Minn., will remain closed until December because of a bridge rehabilitation project. The highway was expected to open toward the end of October or early November.

The Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter will remain closed until the first week of December, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release. Detour for the 2-mile stretch of Highway 99 will take motorists to Highway 22 and Le Sueur County Road 21. The detour will add about 2 miles to the trip.

Originally scheduled to be completed on Oct. 31, unplanned extra work has pushed back the completion date by about another month. Structural repairs are complete as construction workers move forward for completely strip down the paint to bare metal and apply a new paint system. Optional heating for the enclosed bridge and additional workers are being considered.

The more than $4 million project will preserve the historic bridge built in 1931. Construction began in March 2017.

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