Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, along with several elected leaders were in Austin Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony for a project to reconstruct and rehabilitate six bridges along Interstate 90.  Among the dignitaries on hand at the ceremony was Governor Tim Walz, who stated that the project is one of the first to benefit from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act…

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar stated to those on hand that the project is the result of federal, state and local leaders all working together….

U.S. Senator Tina Smith stated that the stretch of Interstate 90 running through the city of Austin was first constructed back in the 1950’s, and she added that it’s time for an upgrade…

Austin Mayor Steve King stated that the city is grateful for the attention being paid to it by the state and federal governments concerning the project…

Work is underway on the Oakland Avenue West, or Highway 105 bridge, which was recently demolished, and a new bridge is expected to be in place by mid August to early September.  Work will start in June on the Interstate 90 bridge over the Cedar River, rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin that same month on the 6th Street NE bridge, and demolition work is scheduled to start on the 4th Street NW bridge in Austin beginning this fall.  Two other bridges slated for replacement in 2026 are the 14th Street NW, or U.S. Highway 218 North bridge, and also the 21st Street Northeast, or Highway 218 South bridge.  

To learn more about the project in its entirety, visit the MnDOT website, where you can sign up for email and text message updates.

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