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Closure of Blatnik Bridge impacts traffic from Duluth to Superior
Closure of Blatnik Bridge impacts traffic from Duluth to Superior

Northland drivers can expect delays when traveling between Duluth and Superior. This can happen any time of year, not just in the summer when road construction is at its peak.

Although it is usually the $435 million Twin Ports Interchange project that disrupts traffic year-round, other things also need to be done that also impact traffic.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced that some of these things need to be done this month and drivers need to prepare.

Traffic on the Blatnik Bridge will be severely affected in July

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the I-535 Blatnik Bridge will be closed for construction on Saturday, July 13, Monday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 16.

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Here is the breakdown of daily traffic flow:

Saturday, July 13

The Garfield Avenue ramp in Duluth and the south side of the I-535 Blatnik Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists will be detoured via the Bong Bridge on Highway 2.

Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16

The northbound side of the I-535 Blatnik Bridge from Superior will be closed from 10:00 a.m. July 15 to 10:00 p.m. July 16. Motorists will be detoured via the Bong Bridge on Highway 2.

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In addition, the I-535 Blatnik Bridge will be closed one lane in both directions between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 25 to allow for routine bridge inspections and maintenance.

Motorists are asked to be patient during this time and allow extra time to reach their destination. In addition, please drive carefully and be aware of MnDOT crews working on these projects.

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