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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The day has finally come; the Elton Hills Drive Bridge in Northwest Rochester will be partially opened to traffic later today.

The City of Rochester today issued a news release announcing the contractors working on the bridge replacement project will open one lane in each direction over the new bridge this evening. The outside lanes on the four-lane bridge and the pedestrian facilities will remain closed. The announcement indicates they are expected to reopen during the week of August 22.

Road Closed sign in Downtown Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

The bridge replacement project began last October and completely shut down a very busy east-west route in northwest Rochester. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of June but construction delays kept the span completely closed to traffic until today.

Traffic over the old bridge had been limited to a single lane in each direction for several years. Those limits were put in place after some problems with the bridge's foundations were detected.

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