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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Emergency Bridge Repairs Begin on Main Street

The temporary repairs to the closed section of westbound Main Street got underway this week and we're learning the roadway will reopen earlier than planned.

On Thursday, the Anoka County Highway Department poured concrete for the bridge deck span which had failed.  The discovery was made in January by a county highway department employee.  Westbound County Road 14 has been closed since that time between Shenandoah Boulevard and Coon Creek Boulevard.  

Crews are using high, early concrete which sets faster than conventional concrete so the road can reopen to traffic sooner.  But it's just a temporary fix due to the cold weather.  The county plans to do a permanent repair sometime this summer.

"The ultimate fix will not just deal with this part of the bridge," says Anoka County Engineer Doug Fischer.  "Essentially we have this type of detail, joint detail, there's five expansion joints of this type on this bridge and we're going to want to do a remediation on all of those locations."

Warming blankets are being used to help speed up the curing time for the new concrete.  Officials hope to reopen the roadway in mid-March, several weeks earlier than originally planned.  Again, permanent repairs will take place this summer but those details are still being worked out.

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