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Rockford Road bridge over I-494 set to partially open Oct. 7

Post Date:10/04/2019 8:52 am

The Rockford Road (County Road 9) bridge over I-494 is set to partially open at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 – weather permitting. One lane will be open to traffic in either direction. Motorists crossing the bridge should expect congestion and delays.

The south half of the bridge will remain closed for construction for an additional two or three weeks, weather permitting.

The southeast ramp (the ramp from northbound I-494 to Rockford Road) will be closed through early November, weather permitting. Motorists should follow the posted detour route – continue north on I-494, exit at Bass Lake Road, return southbound on I-494 and exit at Rockford Road.

Phase 3: Southeast Ramp Closure set for Oct. 7
As part of the third and final phase of the project, the southeast ramp (the ramp from northbound I-494 to Rockford Road) is set to close at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7. The southeast ramp will be closed through early November.

Detour: During the Phase 3 ramp closure, motorists should follow the posted detour route – continue north on I-494, exit at Bass Lake Road, return southbound on I-494 and exit at Rockford Road.

Phase 3, which originally required the closure of both south ramps, is ahead of schedule, as crews were able to complete the southwest ramp during Phase 2 bridge construction.

Besides the southeast ramp, the other three ramps remain open to traffic.

Background and More Information
The project to replace the Rockford Road (County Road 9) bridge over I-494 and improve the interchange began in May and is expected to be complete in November, weather permitting.

The project will improve traffic flow and increase the capacity of the interchange. In addition to replacement of the bridge, the project includes:

  • A wider bridge with dual, dedicated left turn lanes onto I-494
  • Wider ramps with improved turn lanes onto Rockford Road
  • Improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

The project has been completed in phases, in order to best accommodate access for nearby businesses and residents traveling the affected area.

Reminder: Support local business – please remember that area businesses are open during construction.

For more information, visit the project webpage at plymouthmn.gov/rockfordbridge.

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