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Milan Bridge replacement project moves forward toward 2019 construction

Tribune file photo The Minnesota Department of Transportation said design work to replace the Milan Bridge on state Highway 40 is progressing to begin construction on a new bridge in 2019.

MILAN — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans to remove the iconic Milan Bridge on state Highway 40 and replace it with a concrete span.

Design work for the new bridge is moving forward with plans for construction on a new bridge to begin in 2019, according to Gene East, MnDOT project manager.

MnDOT will host an open house to showcase the final design in the winter of 2019.

The removal of the existing bridge has been determined to be an "adverse effect" to the Lac qui Parle Flood Control Project Historic District, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, according to MnDOT.

As the design progresses, MnDOT is consulting with the State Historic Preservation Office and other interested parties on ways to avoid and reduce further effects to historic resources.

To comment on the project and its effects to historic resources, contact Gene East, MnDOT project manager by Sept. 30 at 320-214-6331 or via email at gene.east@state.mn.us.

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