The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are hosting a virtual public meeting to discuss the purpose and need statement for the Blatnik Bridge Project.

Here is the stated overview of the project, which is scheduled for construction in 2028:

MnDOT and WisDOT have initiated a planning and design study of the
John A. Blatnik Bridge, one of two major bridges that connects Duluth, Minnesota
to Superior, Wisconsin. Carrying I-535 over the St. Louis Bay, the Blatnik Bridge
is an important freight and commercial connection between the Twin Ports. In
collaboration with WisDOT, MnDOT is performing an analysis and environmental
study of the bridge to plan for either the rehabilitation or replacement of the Blatnik

The virtual public meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12. During the meeting, MnDOT and WisDOT staff will discuss the project, the purpose and need statement and gather feedback. Questions from public will also be welcome.

If you'd like to comment or ask questions ahead of time, you can do so online, through email or in writing to Pat Huston, 1123 Mesaba Avenue Duluth, MN 55811.

You can click on the button below to get more information on this project, as well as the link to join the virtual meeting.

Those without internet access can also call 855-282-6330 to join the meeting, the meeting access code is 146 919 4320. For those unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the meeting will be posted to the webpage to be viewed when it is convenient.

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