Spring weather seems to have settled in and the Red Wing Bridge project is making progress in various areas, while all of the region has awaited the Mississippi River levels to drop. We're hopeful this month that we will be able to see the last span of tub girders placed on the bridge. This is the center span across the navigational channel, so the contractor will be working with authorities on timing as soon as river levels lower.
As we watch more snow fall, we also know the calendar tells us spring is approaching. It means melting snow and rising rivers and it's something we monitor and make plans for as we look ahead in an important year for the Red Wing Bridge construction.
A new year will soon mark a new look to the Red Wing Bridge project. Later this month, we will begin deploying the steel tub girders and connecting them between the bridge piers. It's a chore that's tedious, but also comes in bursts of activity to ensure that each piece is placed correctly and secured effectively. What will happen? Sections of the tub girders will be delivered via semi tractor-trailer to the south side or Red Wing side of the bridge where they have the area leveled and readied. The truck will back up and one or two cranes will unload the girder.
At this time of year, we often pause to give thanks. We're no different on the Red Wing Bridge project. We continue to make progress toward opening the new bridge to traffic in 2019. The weather and the river have created some challenges for us this year, but we're thankful for the workers who've put in the time and effort to get the project back toward the original timeline. We'll continue to do that as we enter into 2019.
Have you seen large blue containers around our construction site, especially on the Minnesota side of our work zone? They perform a special duty for our project and in the process are keeping the Mississippi River clean.