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Elba, MN (KROC AM News) - A bridge repair project in the Whitewater State Park area is scheduled to begin soon and is expected to affect traffic for several months.

The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation says motorists traveling on Highway 74 will face a detour beginning Feb 1st near the south entrance to the park.

MnDOT says the road will be closed at the work zone during the project, which is expected to be completed in late October.

MnDOT describes this as a “historic bridge rehabilitation project ” The work on the four bridges includes repair of floors and walls. The cost of the project is $4.7-million.

Highway 74 detour/MnDOT
Highway 74 detour/MnDOT

Northbound Hwy 74 motorists trying to access Whitewater State Park should follow the detour route:

  • Turn left on Winona County Road 22 west, which turns into Olmsted Country Road 9.
  • Turn right on Olmsted Country Road 10 north.
  • Turn right on Olmsted County Road 2 east, which turns into Winona County Road 39. This will bring motorists to the north entrance of Whitewater State Park, south of Elba.

The visitor center, camping areas, majority of trails and other amenities can be accessed from the north entrance of Whitewater State Park. Visit their website for contact information and park details.

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