(Willmar, MN) — According to a news release, the new Highway 40 Milan Bridge is scheduled to open for vehicles by the end of today, barring any unforeseen circumstances.The detour will be removed, and remaining work will be done under traffic using a signal system at both sides of the bridge, with a single lane through the work zone. A restriction remains in place for oversize vehicles.

While the bridge is reopening, replacement of the historic stonework and pedestrian access improvements are not complete. When sidewalk safety measures are in place, the bridge will open to pedestrians in approximately two weeks. The project is scheduled for completion late October.

The project includes the replacement of the bridge on Highway 40 that crosses Lac qui Parle Lake, known as the Milan Bridge, located three miles west of Milan. The project also includes pedestrian access improvements. Historical elements are being incorporated into the new bridge using iron railing on both sides of the bridge. Stonework will be hand placed to closely match the original construction done by the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

Watch for orange cones

MnDOT asks travelers to always drive with caution, and reminds everyone to: 

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

For more information about the project, visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy40-bridge-milan.