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Old Highway 19 bridge south of Morton closed to vehicular traffic

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news Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation the bridge, which was built in 1927, will remain open to ATVs, snowmobiles and pedestrians. It has been used as a local-traffic-only access to Sulphur Lake since 1997.

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Recent MnDOT inspections found that concrete deterioration on the bridge, located one mile south of Morton, has progressed requiring restriction of bridge loads. No critical bridge deficiencies were found during the inspections.

MnDOT crews will place signs and jersey barriers at each end of the bridge, leaving six-foot openings to allow ATVs, snowmobiles and pedestrians access to the bridge. Annual routine bridge inspections on the structure will continue.

MnDOT urges motorists to drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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