The Minnesota Department of Transportation has made the decision to suspend the Highway 55 bridge replacement work at the Pomme de Terre River until spring 2020.

The current detour will remain in place through winter, and traffic will continue being detoured to Highway 59 and Highway 27, according MnDOT, which provided an update on Nov. 8.

The bridge replacement work was part of an overall resurfacing and construction project on Highway 55 from Barrett to the Grant/Douglas county line. Although the rest of the project was completed last week, the bridge replacement portion has been experiencing delays due to de-watering issues. MnDOT has been working with the contractor to find solutions so the work could resume.

With winter approaching, MnDOT has decided it would be best to re-evaluate the plan at the Pomme de Terre River and re-bid the culvert work in 2020. As soon as the weather allows, the work will resume in the spring.

With the bridge out, local traffic cannot access Highway 55 from the Barrett side. During snow events, MnDOT operators will plow up to the last residence on the closed portion of Highway 55.

MnDOT said it apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the delays and extended detour, and appreciates the public’s patience and commitment to safety during construction. Motorists are urged to always drive with caution and reminded to never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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