Traffic patterns in bridge construction area are better than expected

Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe reported Monday, June 13, that traffic patterns in the Highway 169 bridge construction area continue to be better than expected.

The only significant delays are during the evening homeward or cabin commutes, he said. Mornings continue to move smoothly.

Police officers directed traffic for a time on Friday evening, June 10, in the Main/Parrish and Main/Jackson area to relieve traffic stacking. Sunday afternoon’s homeward bound (southbound) traffic was uneventful, he said.
“I am only aware of one motorist complaint to our office regarding the project,” he said. “It was on Thursday evening concerning Parrish Avenue delays.”
Rolfe said his department plans to continue to schedule three officers on Friday evening, June 17, and one officer on Sunday, June 19, just in case with a reassessment of need after this coming weekend.

The southbound Highway 169 bridge over Highway 10 in Elk River was closed June 7 and is scheduled to remain closed until June 25, weather permitting.

The bridge railings are being replaced and the bridge is being resurfaced. Work on the bridge deck is continuing this week.

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