According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, “In late January or early February 2013, no vehicle combinations of more than 35 feet in length will be allowed to use the Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge spanning the Mississippi River until the crossover is removed in late November 2013.”
When completed, the two new bridges (northbound and southbound) each will provide two through-lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction for entering and exiting traffic. The project also includes the modification and realignment of the Hwy 52 bridges over I-94 and re-decking of the Hwy 52 bridges south of the Mississippi River spanning Plato Boulevard and Eaton Street along with repairs and resurfacing the bridges crossing Concord Street. A pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the river on the northbound bridge is included in the plans. The project limits stretch along Hwy 52 from East Seventh Street to just south of Plato Boulevard.
- The new northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge will be constructed 2011-2013.
- Traffic will be switched to the new bridge late in 2013 and the new bridge will continue to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction.
- The existing Lafayette Bridge will be demolished, and the new southbound Hwy 52 Bridge will be constructed in 2014-2015.
- Motorists will experience ramp closures during construction but Hwy 52 will remain open for the full construction period.