Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 14, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 43 Winona Bridge cleaning will produce limited traffic delays

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter limited traffic delays today as the Minnesota Department of Transportation cleans the Hwy 43 bridge in Winona.

The work is an annual effort to ensure that bridges are cleaned from the winter months and to identify any small maintenance issues to ensure the long life of the structure.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in alternating directions throughout the day and controlled by flaggers. MnDOT uses two crews on the project to accomplish the work in a quick and orderly fashion to keep the timeframe to one day instead of what might take three days with a smaller crew. Three tanker trucks are on site and enough personnel to handle traffic. 

During the process, MnDOT crews use fresh water in higher pressure pumps to spray down the gutter lines and joints, while also doing a visual inspection of the bridge, looking for damage that might have occurred from traffic during the winter months. The sand and other material that accumulated over winter is swept up prior to the rinsing.

Larry Waletzki, MnDOT bridge maintenance supervisor in District 6, said similar treatments are given to all of the district’s bridges, as part of an annual maintenance program after the winter season.

“It’s a high priority across the state,” Waletzki said. “Motorists will see crews doing this work to make sure the bridges are well-maintained and last for a long time.”

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.