Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 30, 2014

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Traffic delays expected during Hwy 43 Winona Bridge inspection

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter delays on three Mississippi River bridges during June as the Minnesota Department of Transportation conducts regular inspections and evaluations of each structure.

The work is scheduled to begin in Winona on Monday, June 2 and will progress north during the month to other Mississippi River bridges in Wabasha and Red Wing.

On Monday, June 2 work will begin on the Hwy 43 Winona Bridge at 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m., each day as several teams conduct inspections and evaluations of the bridge. This type of evaluation happens every two years. Bridges also have an annual inspection.

During the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in alternating directions throughout the day and controlled by flaggers. MnDOT has personnel in place to accomplish the work in a quick and orderly fashion to keep the delays to a minimum, but still ensure safety for motorists and work zone crews.

Once the work is done in Winona, the inspection teams will proceed north to Wabasha and begin the procedure on the Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge, which will include work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lane closures and traffic delays.

Work will be done on the Red Wing Eisenhower Bridge with the same routine after work is completed in Wabasha. The work on each bridge can take close to a week to do, but can sometimes last longer because of weather or if more evaluation work is needed.

The work is a regular effort to evaluate and ensure the long life of the bridges.

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 real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.