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Since MnDOT rebuilt Lafayette Bridge, crashes are up fourfold

 

September 27, 2021

Star Tribune file

MnDOT rebuilt the Lafayette Bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Paul with the city's West Side and the southeastern suburbs between 2012 and 2015 to replace a deteriorating structure.

Crashes on the northbound side of the Lafayette Bridge have increased fourfold since the span on the east side of downtown St. Paul opened six years ago after it was rebuilt.

In the coming months, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will install an overhead electronic message board that will display information to help motorists choose the correct lane as they approach the confusing interchange where Hwy. 52 ends and drivers must turn right onto E. 7th Street or take ramps leading to Interstates 94 and 35E.

"We are seeing crash problems as the center lane backs up pretty far," said MnDOT metro engineer Melissa Barnes. "The center lane is not functioning as it should be."

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