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86th St. bridge in Bloomington, struck Sunday, will be rebuilt this summer

The City of Bloomington says the 86th Street bridge over Interstate 35W is closed after a vehicle driving on the freeway hit the bridge on Sunday.

Just a short distance away, a vehicle also hit the 82nd Street bridge over I-35W. Only one westbound lane on the 82nd Street bridge is open this morning and both eastbound lanes are open, the City of Bloomington said.

All lanes on I-35W are open in both directions.

More details about Sunday's incidents are expected to released Monday morning, the city said.

Sunday marked the second time in just over a year that the 86th Street bridge was hit by a vehicle traveling on I-35W. It was last February when a southbound truck on I-35W hauling construction equipment hit the bridge over the freeway and ruptured a gas line.

The bridge reopened following that incident but landed the bridge on MnDOT's list of repair projects for 2017. The agency will spend $4 million to rebuild the bridge between June and October.

The current bridge was built in 1957 and rebuilt in 1996 and has a clearance of 14.5 feet on the southbound side and 14.9 feet on the northbound side. The project will raise the vertical clearance by two feet, said MnDOT spokesman David Aeikens.

Ramp to Hennepin/Lyndale from I-94 closes Monday

This will make things a bit more difficult: The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday will close the ramp from westbound I-94 to Hennepin and Lyndale avenues in downtown Minneapolis.

Also closing Monday will be the ramp from E. 16th Street to westbound I-94. That's near the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The closures will be in place for the next 10 days. During the closures, motorists will be directed to use 11th Street to Hennepin Avenue. The closures are related to the $46 million pavement rehabilitation and bridge repair project being carried out by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In downtown Minneapolis, the Nicollet Mall reconstruction project is taking out a lanes on a number of east-west streets. Starting Monday, that includes 8th Street.

The City of Minneapolis says two lanes on 8th Street at Nicollet will close Monday until June 5. Last week lanes on 7th Street and 6th Street closed.