Minnesota Department of Transportation

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July 22, 2013

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Volunteers sought for Winona Bridge project visual quality committee

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking Winona community participation in a Visual Quality Committee for the Winona Bridge project. The VQC will make recommendations to MnDOT and the city of Winona leaders regarding various final design elements of the project.

It is expected that the VQC will meet up to six times in the coming months in Winona. Committee members, for example, will review bridge railing, traffic barrier and bridge pier designs as well as potential amenities, such as bike paths and landscaping. MnDOT hopes to have at least 10-12 community members participate.

“The partnership and participation of the Winona community in the development of the Winona Bridge project has been fantastic,” said Terry Ward, MnDOT project manager. “There have been well over 40 technical advisory committee, public advisory committee and public meetings, and the community has provided great feedback at all of them. We added a new bridge to the project and recently revised the roadway in the 4th Street area to minimize city costs in response to input from the Winona community.”

Discussions between MnDOT and city leaders regarding the development of possible amenities as a part of the project have already started. 
“We’ve spoken with city leaders about potential amenities beneath the bridges on MnDOT right of way, such as a bike trail and landscaping. Finalizing the details in this area of the project is just one example of how the VQC can directly influence the project throughout the design and construction phases,” Ward said.

Deadline to express interest in the VQC is Friday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m. Contact Terry Ward, PE, MnDOT project manager, at 507-286-7688 or terry.ward@state.mn.us.

For more information about the project: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/winonabridge/index.html.



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