BEMIDJI, Minn. – Residents of Thief River Falls will see crews working on the Highway 59 crossing of the Red Lake River beginning Aug. 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. They will be installing scour protection measures around the piers of the bridge to prevent erosion.
Motorists are not expected to be impacted by the work, but Boy Scout Park and the public water access northeast of the bridge will be closed to the public. The Red Lake River will remain open for recreational uses, but boaters are advised to be aware of construction equipment and use caution near the work site.
Engineering and Construction Innovations of Oakdale, Minn., is the prime contractor on the project. When work is complete in Mid-October, the Highway 59 bridge will have improved scour protection, which will increase the longevity and safety of the Highway 59 bridge.