Tractor-trailer combinations measuring longer than 35 feet will be restricted from driving on Minnesota's U.S. 52's Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul as construction on their northbound section of the roadway continues.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced that the approximately 10-month ban for certain truck traffic will begin in January or February of 2013. The ban will last until approximately November.

Construction on the bridge began in 2011, and the $130 million project is expected to be completed in 2015.

When completed, the two new bridges (northbound and southbound) each will provide two through-lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction for entering and exiting traffic. The project also includes the modification and realignment of the Hwy 52 bridges over I-94 and re-decking of the Hwy 52 bridges south of the Mississippi River spanning Plato Boulevard and Eaton Street along with repairs and resurfacing the bridges crossing Concord Street.

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