The contractor began work on the project in November, 2009.
The bridge will be open to traffic during construction.
There may be periodic lane shifts during these
Any questions concerning the project can be directed to
Julie Dresel, North Branch City Engineer at (651)277-5224 or
Julie will also be available after Chamber of Commerce
Meetings, held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the American
Legion. Periodic business information meetings will be held
throughout the project. Check this space for upcoming
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?
All permanent travel lanes are open!
Lighting installation is underway.
Westbound TH 95 traffic leaving the Tanger Drive
business area must travel along 386th
Street to Falcon Avenue to the Falcon Avenue
intersection with TH 95.
Eastbound TH 95 traffic leaving North Branch Market
Place must exit the commercial area via Flink Ave.
to access the intersection with TH 95.
Regional shopping traffic wishing to cross TH 95
must do so at the Flink Ave. / Falcon Ave. /TH 95
intersection, the signalized intersection west of
1. WHAT IS PROPOSED??
The City of North Branch, in partnership with the Minnesota
Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), is proceeding with
improvements to the TH 95 Bridge at I -35 and along TH 95.
2. WHAT DO THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE?
The plan includes replacement of the bridge to include two
through lanes in each direction, and dedicated turning lanes
in each direction. Pedestrian crossing improvements are
also included. The project corridor begins 2,000 feet west
of Falcon Avenue (County Road 68) and extends easterly
across Interstate 35 to Oakview Avenue. Coordinated
improvements include ramp widening, sidewalks, drainage
improvements, signal reconstruction and relocation. The
existing traffic signal at Tanger Drive will be removed. A
new traffic signal will be constructed at Falcon Avenue.
The existing intersection at Tanger Drive would be modified
to a ¾ intersection (TH 95 westbound left turn to Tanger
Drive allowed/northbound Tanger Drive to TH 95 westbound
left turn not allowed.)
3. WHAT IS THE FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT??
This project has received American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (ARRA) funds, Federal High Priority Project (HPP) funds
and Federal Area Transportation Project (ATP) funds. State,
County and local funds will comprise the balance of the
4. WHAT IS THE PROJECT SCHEDULE??
Construction began the week of November 16, 2009. The
contractor is building the south half of the new structure
first. The old structure will be demolished early summer
2010. Associated roadwork is occurring throughout the
5. HOW LONG WILL THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TAKE?
The City anticipates construction will take approximately
18 months. Traffic will be moved to the final configuration
by November 20, 2010.
6. WILL THE BRIDGE BE CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION?
NO. The City plans to keep the bridge open during
construction. One side of the new structure will be
constructed. Traffic will be routed onto the new
structure. The old structure will be removed and
reconstructed. Periodic closures and detours may be
required, but the City plans to strictly limit those
7. WHO MAY I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS??
Julie Dresel, City
North Branch City Hall
6408 Elm Street
PO Box 910
North Branch, MN 55056
Konrad, City Administrator
Branch City Halll
PO Box 910
Branch, MN 55056