Larpenteur Ave. bridge project hits snag, I-35E to close again - KMSP-TV

Larpenteur Ave. bridge project hits snag, I-35E to close again

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Larpenteur Avenue bridge "slide-in" construction project hit a snag overnight, and that meant Interstate 35E in St. Paul was not open before the 5 a.m. deadline and will have to close again.

Currently, I-35E is back open, but it will need to close Thursday night into Friday to fix the issue. Ironically, the method that the Minnesota Department of Transportation tried out for the first time is supposed to alleviate headaches for commuters by reducing the length of road closures. Usually, a bridge like the one being installed would take 110 days to complete. With the "slide-in" approach, it should take 47 days instead.

PHOTOS: Larpenteur Avenue 'slide-in' project

Although the work didn't go as planned late Wednesday and into Thursday, MnDOT officials said it should only bump their time table back by a day. Bridge beams and a deck were slid onto the new supports overnight using hydraulic jacks, but some of the fabricated pieces did not work as expected. The parts weigh 3.5 million pounds and were constructed on a temporary structure near the existing framework. Replacing the bridge is part of the I-35-E MnPASS project.

Unfortunately for drivers frustrated with the construction headache in the area, the snag means crews will have to close that portion of the Interstate again on Thursday night. MnDOT plans to shut down the two ramps before and beyond the Larpenteur Avenue bridge, and they hope to be finished by 5 a.m. The bridge itself is expected to be open in 3 weeks.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FRESH FRUIT RECALL: Possible listeria risk in fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco

    FRESH FRUIT RECALL: Possible listeria risk in fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:23:14 GMT
    Fresh fruit sold at Trader Joes’s, Costco and other retailers via a California-based distributor is being recalled nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
    Fresh fruit sold at Trader Joes’s, Costco and other retailers via a California-based distributor is being recalled nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
  • Brynn's Smile Box helps with cleft lip, palate recovery

    Brynn's Smile Box helps with cleft lip, palate recovery

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:38:36 GMT
    A Minnesota family that struggled to find a support system after their newborn was born with a cleft lip and palate is working to make connecting a bit easier so that other families can find their smiles once more.
    A Minnesota family that struggled to find a support system after their newborn was born with a cleft lip and palate is working to make connecting a bit easier so that other families can find their smiles once more.
  • PHOTO: 'Disgraceful' sign at church in Oak Park Heights

    PHOTO: 'Disgraceful' sign at church in Oak Park Heights

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:59:16 GMT
    Residents in the Stillwater area were shocked to see a sign next to a local church display the message "God bless the KKK" on Monday, and police in the small Minnesota town of Oak Park Heights are looking into it.
    Residents in the Stillwater area were shocked to see a sign next to a local church display the message "God bless the KKK" on Monday, and police in the small Minnesota town of Oak Park Heights are looking into it.
Widgets Magazine
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices