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Hwy 29 overpass near Glenwood Now Open

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We can see the light at the end of the tunnel—or should we say at the end of the bridge! Crews are starting to wrap up the work on the Hwy 29 overpass.

Paving started  Wednesday and will be finished up this week, and crews were slope paving (concrete from abutment to the piers) underneath the bridge. Guardrail, final seeding and striping were underway earlier this week as well.

As long as the weather cooperates and nothing unforeseen pops up, the bridge is on schedule to reopen Friday, Oct. 28!

If you’ve traveled through the area recently, you’ve probably noticed that the Hwy 29 roundabout is open for local traffic use! The detour remains up and thru-traffic should continue to use that official route. But if you plan to visit a local business in the work zone, or are traveling to Glenwood, you can now access 160th Street and the Hwy 29 roundabout.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

On Monday, Oct. 17, MnDOT hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the first car to drive over the new bridge! The event was attended by leadership and staff from MnDOT, Pope County and Glenwood, as well as local and state elected officials, and several businesses from within the work zone. It was a great celebration of the local advocacy that made this project happen.

Pope County Commissioner Gordy Wagner drove the first car over the bridge, and he was followed by Glacial Ridge Ambulance, Glenwood Police, Glenwood Fire and Pope County Sheriff to symbolize the important impact the new overpass will have on emergency response.

Cars and emergency services personnel take the first drive over the Hwy 29 overpass

Pope County Commissioner Gordy Wagner is followed by local emergency response vehicles

Ribbon cutting on Hwy 29

Front row (L to R): Sen. Torrey Westrom, Rep. Paul Anderson, Pope County Commissioner Gordy Wagner, MnDOT Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger, Greg Meyer of Glacial Ridge Ambulance, MnDOT District Engineer Shiloh Wahl, MnDOT Resident/Bridge Engineer Dan Kuhn / Back row (L to R): Glenwood Fire Chief Bruce Cerney (not in view), Lt. Tim Salto of MN State Patrol, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley; Glenwood Police Chief Dale Danter (not in view)