Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 11, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Bike path under Winona Bridge to be closed for bridge construction

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The bicycle path on the levee under Winona’s Highway 43 bridge will be
closed beginning the week of July 21 so the contractor can begin construction work to build a
new bridge across the Mississippi River.

Weather permitting, construction on the Winona Bridge project will begin that same week. The
bike trail closure is expected to last until late 2019.

The contractor, Ames Construction, will be closing the path (part of the Levee Park-Prairie Island
Loop) to maintain public safety due to construction on the bridge—demolition will be taking place
around the path, and heavy equipment will be using the trail to access the construction staging

Bicyclists should detour from Johnson Street to Second Street to Riverview Drive.

The section of the bike trail from Riverview Drive to the bridge, which will be used as construction
access, will be rebuilt as part of the project and re-opened following construction. (Reference the
attached map to view the detour.)

“MnDOT and Ames Construction are committed to the safety of the public, and are sensitive to
minimizing the impact the construction has on the community,” said MnDOT project manager Terry
Ward. “We ask that people respect the closure and avoid the trail—obey the “trail closed” signs
and watch for heavy equipment and materials entering and leaving the work zone.”

To learn more about the project, go to MnDOT’s project page at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge. A
Facebook page for the project is at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.