Like several other Mississippi River communities, Red Wing has a rich history based on its setting and surroundings. For example, according to historical records, Father Louis Hennepin visited the area as far back as 1680. Also, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Red Wing on its 2008 distinctive destinations list, for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment."
Recently, I had the great honor to attend the annual American Segmental Bridge Institute conference in New York City and accept ASBI awards on behalf of Minnesota Department of Transportation for both the Dresbach and Winona bridge projects.
One of the goals we heard from the community as we planned the Red Wing Bridge replacement project several years ago was that there needed to be improvements for truck traffic crossing the Mississippi River Bridge wanting to connect to/from Highway 61 as a means to alleviate the volume of truck traffic in downtown Red Wing. You're beginning to see the formation of that goal on the construction site.