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Hwy. 169 bridge closure in Edina delayed once more

Drivers who use the Nine Mile Creek Bridge on Hwy. 169 between Bren Road and 5th Street/Lincoln Drive on the Minnetonka-Edina border will have more time to find alternate routes.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is delaying the bridge demolition project that was to start on Tuesday, said spokesman David Aeikens.

The agency did not say when the nine-month project to rebuild the bridge used by 90,000 motorists a day would begin, but that it won't be a lengthy postponement, Aeikens said.

It's not the weather that is pushing back the start of the project in which MnDOT will replace the aging bridge with a raised bridge looking like a causeway over the low marshy area. A number of wires used by the Federal Aviation Administration that lay under the bridge were to be removed before work could commence, and they are still in place.

"They can not be damaged" so we will wait for them to be taken out, Aeikens said.

This is the second time the $64 million project has been delayed. Last week MnDOT called off the start due to the cold and snowy weather. When it begins, the bridge will closed until October. This spring, Hwy. 169  will be down to one lane in both directions between Hwy. 55 and Lincoln Drive and from Bren Road to the Crosstown as the agency rehabs 6 miles of pavement. Ramps at 7th Street, Excelsior Boulevard, Hwy. 7, Cedar Lake Road and 36th Street will be closed for two weeks at various times through the summer.

MnDOT cancels I-94 closure in Maple Grove. Reason: Too cold

Too cold. That's the reason the Minnesota Department of Transportation has called off a bridge demolition project that would have shut down a portion of I-94 through Maple Grove.

The agency said it will take down the 101st Avenue bridge next weekend, weather permitting.

Here is the original post from earlier this week:

Motorists who plan on using Interstate 94 in Maple Grove over the long holiday weekend will encounter a detour as the Minnesota Department of Transportation takes down 101st Avenue bridge.

The freeway will be closed to through traffic between the I-494/694/94 interchange and newly-opened portion of Hwy. 610 from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday Jan. 16. During the closure, westbound motorists will be detoured north on Hwy. 169 then west on Hwy. 610.  Eastbound drivers will be detoured east on Hwy. 610 and then south on Hwy. 169.

Local westbound traffic will be allowed to access exits at Hemlock Lane, Weaver Lake Road and Maple Grove Parkway, but MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard said only drivers who absolutely need to use those exits should. And there will be no opportunity to access westbound I-94 at either exit, so motorists heading further west will need to use the detour, he said.

The 101st Avenue bridge is being removed since the new Highway 610 corridor runs along the former alignment of 101st Avenue between County Road 81 and I-94.