Crews have been working to raise approaches to the overflow bridge on Highway 22, between Highway 169 and the Minnesota River bridge, to provide a smoother road surface for motorists. Due to weather and equipment issues, the work to raise the approaches is taking longer than expected.

The temporary opening of Highway 22 is necessary to allow the roadway to be used as a detour route on Wednesday, Nov. 16, while Union Pacific Railroad makes emergency repairs to their railroad crossing with Highway 99 in St. Peter.

Highway 22 is expected to close again around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 and remain closed until around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, as work to raise the bridge approaches on Highway 22 resumes. Motorists may use Highway 169 as an alternate route during the detour. Local traffic will be detoured to Highway 99 and Le Sueur County Road 21 (Golf Course Road and Shanaska Creek Road).