[Red Wing, MN] – On the morning of October 6th, 2022, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) bridge safety inspectors noted a critical finding in the steel h-piling of Bridge 25501. Bridge 25501 is a structure that is located on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 2 between CSAH 3 and CSAH 5 in Belvidere Township. After Goodhue County engineering staff reviewed the critical finding elements with MnDOT staff it was determined that a full structural review should take place and the bridge be closed until the review has been completed.
Engineering staff of the Public Works Department, alongside external consultants, are creating detour plans while considering current bridge safety and ability for further utilization. However, findings of the review show severely reduced capacity of portions of the structure. At this time, Public Works staff believe these reduced capacities will prohibit the safe operation of County snow plow equipment to appropriately service this area during the snow and ice months of the year. Staff will continue to monitor the structure and document any additional deterioration until the bridge has been replaced.
Bridge 25501 was scheduled to be replaced in 2024 per the 5-year bridge replacement program approved by the Board of Commissioners. This structure has been surveyed by staff and design of a new structure is being discussed with bridge consultants. Staff will provide details to the Board of Commissioners and the public as they become available.
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