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New Eisenhower Bridge is on its way

Highway 63 and the Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction. Motorists can start using the new bridge by the end of 2019. (MnDOT photo illustration)

Residents gathered Wednesday, May 3, to listen and ask questions about the early stages of the Red Wing Bridge Project. Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Red Wing and Wisconsin Department of Transportation hosted the event and provided an hourlong slideshow overview of what the project's five stages will entail.

The new $63.4 million dollar Mississippi River bridge will replace the existing Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge.

With the project scheduled to start May 5, Zenith Tech construction project manager Adam Hinrichs said environmental factors still need to be taken care of before any work will begin, sometime in the next few weeks.

What to expect this summer

• Highway 63 and the Eisenhower Bridge will be open to traffic during construction.

• No lane closures on Highway 63 across the river on weekdays from 6-8:30 a.m. or 3-6 p.m. to maintain peak traffic flow in and out of Red Wing.

• No state highway detours are planned.

• There will be a long-term closure/detour of 825th St. in Wisconsin.

View looking northeast toward Minnesota Approach.

Construction for 2017

• Construct new river bridge piers

• Treat poor soil conditions on the Wisconsin approach

• Construct button-hook ramp and cul-de-sac on East Third Street

• Construct temporary bridge over Highway 61

• Reconstruct Highway 61 north of the temporary bridge

• Add traffic signal at intersection of the new buttonhook and Highway 61.

"I thought it was a great turnout and as a team we were pleased to feature the construction schedule, staging and potential impacts for community," said Terry Ward, construction manager for MnDOT about Wednesday's meeting.

To contact Ward with questions about the project, call 507-286-7688 or email terry.ward@state.mn.us.

While construction is under way, Highway 63 and the Eisenhower Bridge will remain open. The anticipated date for the new bridge to be open to traffic will be the end of 2019. For more information and updates on the project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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