In August 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation began a resurfacing and construction project on Hwy 55 from Barrett to the Grant/Douglas County line. Although the rest of the project was completed in late October 2019, the bridge replacement portion of the project experienced delays due to de-watering issues.
In November 2019, MnDOT made the decision to suspend the Highway 55 bridge replacement work at the Pomme de Terre River and re-bid the bridge work in 2020. Work resumed June 1, 2020.
The beams arrived in late July 2020, a month behind schedule due to COVID-19 shutdowns that delayed the beam supplier’s operations and deliveries. This change slowed progress, and the schedule was adjusted to reflect the unforeseen delays. Highway 55 reopened on Sept. 10, 2020.