Burnsville 35W ramp reopens, but lane on bridge still closed

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 9:47 AM

MnDOT to assess damage to Hwy. 13 overpass, where one lane of traffic will be closed.

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brainerdguyAug. 18, 13 8:38 PM

it's actually refreshing....the Democrats get in power, and our bridges get fixed BEFORE they collapse!!!

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reader2580Aug. 18, 13 8:55 PM

This story is confusing. If the ramps themselves are cracked why is it an issue? Ramps are just pavement on solid ground and pavement has cracks all the time. Now, if they are talking about cracking in the bridge itself why would they be called ramps?

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supervon2Aug. 18, 13 9:26 PM

They would never have found this unless they were painting the bridge. Why aren't the inspectors catching this earlier?

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SUMMITAug. 18, 13 9:48 PM

Thanks republicans, must feel great to know you stood your ground during pawlenty years and failed to maintain our roads and bridges. Your masters at ALEC are quite proud too.

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jbpaperAug. 18, 1310:08 PM

Thanks democrats, must feel great to know we wasted/are wasting billions of dollars on LRT, BRT, commuter rail, and trolleys while our basic infrastructure gets neglected.

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huggybear28Aug. 18, 1310:13 PM

One would assume the cracks must be in the southern most steel girder on the Eastbound (Northbound) Hwy 13 bridge. Technically the most southern lane on this bridge is the merge area within the cloverleaf for the ramps from 35W SB to 13 NB and 13NB to 35W NB. There is a single girder from one side to the other on these bridges (No joint in the center pier) which probably explains why both ramps are affected by the issue.

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brianstrAug. 18, 1310:21 PM

If the ramps are cracked and unsafe, why are they still open? How is this "erring on the side of safety"?

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hobie2Aug. 18, 1310:55 PM

If only the bridge experts commenting on this site were working on this project, instead of those hundred or so with hands-on experience and on-bridge inspection training and degrees in engineering, I would sleep better at night - wouldn't you rather have them than MNDOT inspectors/engineers handling this?... OK... "not a chance" is a reasonable reply.

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reader2580Aug. 18, 1311:08 PM

Where exactly does a ramp end? In my definition a ramp ends as soon as the bridge starts. A merge lane that is part of a bridge should be a called a bridge, not a ramp.

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sternitzkyAug. 18, 1311:14 PM

While stretches of a highway may not follow this, overall, north-south highways are odd numbered and east-west highways are even numbered.

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