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Red Wing Bridge to get started in Minnesota

Construction will pick up July 10-14 on the Minnesota side for the Red Wing Bridge project, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

Here is the schedule of expected work:

Minnesota

• Temporary crossover and bypass construction work is scheduled to start on Highway 61 in the project area. Drivers can expect to see lane closures for this work.

• Four buildings obtained to make room for the project are scheduled to start/finish being demolished. The public is reminded to stay away from the buildings, which are private property and may be in an unstable state due to demolition.

• Visitors to Levee park will note the closure of Levee Road near the existing bridge. No through traffic for vehicles or pedestrians will be allowed while a sanitary sewer main ris relocated. The work is scheduled to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Future construction activities will see this road closed for long durations during the project.

Wisconsin

• Causeway construction continues as does roadway excavation and temporary sheeting installation adjacent to Highway 63 for a future approach fill surcharge.

• Pile driving work is scheduled to begin next week for the north abutment of the new bridge. The work could continue for the next couple of weeks. Pile driving involves the mechanical driving of steel piling into the ground. There will be steady work on this with noise during regular work hours. The piles provide the stability for structures by driving deep into the ground as an anchor.

• Bridge work also includes construction to build cofferdams. The structures allow workers to build the bridge piers with concrete and steel.

This project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, reconstructing approach Minnesota and Wisconsin roadways, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicycle crossings.

The prime contractor on this $63.4 million project is Zenith Tech. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by fall of 2019.

Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, visit MnDOT's project web site www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/ or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedWingBridgeProject/.

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