Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 40

Bridge; 3 miles west of Milan

Current traffic impacts

  • The detour is removed and the bridge is now open to vehicles.
  • A signal system at both sides of the bridge is in operation, with a single lane going one direction at a time, through the work zone.
  • A restriction remains in place for oversize vehicles until both lanes are open.

Pouring the concrete bridge deck for the new Milan Bridge over Highway 40

The temporary traffic signal at the east end of the bridge.
A second signal is at the west end of the bridge.
When the light is green, vehicles can cross the bridge in a single lane, one-way direction.

Project updates

Sept. 11, 2020
  • Working to complete safety measures for pedestrian access to the bridge.
  • Continue working to restore historic riprap on west side by placing the rock in the approximate location as its removal, and then grouting into place.
  • Two crews can place 325 sq ft of riprap each day.
  • There are 9,000 sq ft of riprap required to complete the west side.

Preparing grout for the riprap.

Summary of work

  • Replace bridge on Hwy 40 (known as Milan Bridge) over Lac qui Parle Lake
  • Update pedestrian access to meet current ADA standards
  • Incorporate historical elements into the new bridge through the use of iron railing on both sides
  • Maintain fishing access and recreational area
  • Handplace stonework to closely match the original construction done by the WPA in 1939


  • Robert R. Schroeder Construction Co., Glenwood MN