Highway 71 Bridge In Jackson Reopened

Tue 11-22-2016 Mn"], ["Jackson

(Jackson, MN)   After six and a half months of detours, the Highway 71 bridge over the Des Moines River in Jackson is open. Traffic signage was installed and the bridge was opened to vehicle traffic afterwards.

The trail portion of the bridge was opened to foot traffic on last Friday, as was the intersection with Springfield Parkway.

According to MN DOT the new bridge construction was conducted by Minnowa Construction for $4,937,755.55.

Bridge replacement was needed to replace the prior 60 year old bridge with fractured critical joints, improve operations at the Hwy 71/Springfield Drive (Co. Rd. 14)/4th Street intersection, improved access for future development, provide better pedestrian/bicycle accommodations along with reducing speeds and improve safety by adding turn lanes