MILAN — The Minnesota Highway 40 bridge over Lac qui Parle Lake west of Milan is expected to open Thursday, July 2, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced.

The detour that has been in place since work began on the project last year will be removed.

Motorists are advised that the bridge remains a work zone and that traffic will be limited to a single lane and a signal system will be in place on both ends of the bridge to control traffic.

A restriction on oversize vehicles remains in place.

Work to be completed includes pedestrian access improvements and sidewalks. The historic stonework placement on the east side of the bridge is in progress and is expected to continue through October.

The $7.7 million project involved replacing a 1939 steel, overhead truss bridge with a concrete span. The new bridge features a 34-foot-wide traffic road with shoulders and 7-foot-wide sidewalks on each side.

The project was originally scheduled for completion in late fall of 2019, but high water conditions and unfavorable weather delayed the project. The Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company crew from Glenwood lost 35 work days due to the conditions.