Motorists in Goodhue County should be alert for lane restrictions beginning Monday, April 16 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins bridge inspections to assist local governments.
MnDOT will be inspecting 13 bridges in Goodhue County April 16-18, weather permitting. Those bridges include:
-County Road 27 Bridge over North Branch Middle Fork Zumbro River west of Pine Island
-County Road 30 Bridge over North Fork Zumbro River near Highway 57 northwest of Wanamingo
-County Road 14 Bridge over Little Cannon River near County Road 44 southwest of Wastedo
-County Road 14 Bridge over Little Cannon River near County Road 9 west of Wastedo
-County Road 24 Bridge over Little Cannon River near Highway 52 southwest of Cannon Falls
-Mill Street Bridge over Little Cannon River near Highway 20 in Cannon Falls
-9th Street Bridge over Cannon River near County Road 17 in Cannon Falls
-County Road 17 Bridge over Pine Creek near Highway 20 northwest of Cannon Falls
-County Road 7 Bridge over Cannon River near Highway 61 south of Welch
-County Road 7 Bridge over Belle Creek near Highway 19 north of Vasa
-County Road 5 Bridge over Wells Creek near County Road 2 southwest of Frontenac
-Nymphara Lane Bridge over CP Rail near Highway 61 in Red Wing
-Withers Harbor Drive Bridge over CP Rail in Red Wing
A snooper truck is used during MnDOT inspections. The truck is a specialty vehicle that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspectors. The equipment allows the inspection team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
MnDOT’s southeast Minnesota inspectors will have evaluated nearly 350 bridges for cities and counties and nearly 500 MnDOT bridges in its annual effort in southeast Minnesota.
Motorists will encounter MnDOT bridge inspectors on roads and highways in southeast Minnesota in the snooper at least through June for bridges that require the specialized equipment.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.