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Open house for Milan bridge project

Tribune file photo The Minnesota Department of Transportatin will host an open house meeting on plans to replace the Milan Bridge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on September 7 at the Milan City Hall.

WILLMAR — The second open house for the 2019 Lac qui Parle Bridge project is set for Thursday, September 7 at the Milan City Hall, 244 North 2nd Street in Milan.

The open house will run from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation. The public is invited to view preliminary drawings of the proposed bridge, ask questions and give feedback.

The public will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Section 106 process which requires agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. The project is currently in the preliminary design and environmental review stages.

Built in 1938, the bridge is significant as a contributing property to the Lac qui Parle Flood Control Historic District. The Flood Control Project was completed by the Works Project Administration as a major federal relief project during the New Deal era. As such, the bridge is subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. MnDOT is working closely with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the State Historic Preservation Office on the bridge project.

For those unable to attend the public open house an on-line survey will be available. For more information on the project visit the webpage

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774, 711 or 1-800-627-3529.

You may also send an email to Please send request at least one week in advance if possible.

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Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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