Last summer I kept you up to date on what was happening with the Bong Bridge construction and feel that it's my duty to keep you in the know this year too.  The construction started on April 13.  There are some lane closures coming up that you should be aware of.

Here's the skinny:  The eastbound (Superior-bound lanes) that has been closed to traffic is expected to remain closed until November 2015.  They are totally rebuilding the original deck of the bridge from 1984 and will complete the new roundabout.  Currently, we've been using half the roundabout.  I always forget it's there and start to speed up thinking I'm entering the higher bridge speed, then have to slow down because of the roundabout.

Now, the two I-535 ramps will close temporarily for routine inspections in Duluth. There will be detour signs indicating a different route you can take.  Basically it will be the following:

The ramp from westbound I-535/Blatnik Bridge to southbound I-35 will close Tuesday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ramp from westbound I-535/Blatnik Bridge to northbound I-35 will close Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.