If you've suffered through the Blatnik bridge detour you'll be happy to know that according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the southbound/Superior-bound lanes on the Interstate 535/Blatnik Bridge, will reopen to traffic Friday, Oct. 19th.

Even though it will be open, southbound motorists will be restricted to a single-lane from late-morning Monday, Oct. 22, until late-afternoon Wednesday, Oct. 24, while inspectors identify light fixture and conduit connection locations for the bridge’s new lighting system.

The Blatnik Bridge two-year rehabilitation project began in May 2012. The project includes maintenance work that will extend the usable life of the bridge.

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2013.

More information on the project is available HERE.