Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 11, 2016

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Winona Bridge project web page updates with more information on existing bridge costs

ROCHESTER, Minn. – More background information and data about the Winona Bridge rehabilitation has been added by the Winona Bridge Project Team to the project website, including a new piece about the $30 million projected cost growth.

MnDOT continues to add information to the site as the project team works on Work Package #5, which involves the rehabilitation of the existing Highway 43 bridge in Winona.

The site, located on the existing project page, is at www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/work-package5-costs.html.

Recently, Winona Bridge Project Manager Terry Ward announced that the project is estimated to be $30 million over budget and that MnDOT and its partners are hitting the “pause button.” The overall project cost overrun came into sharp focus based on the results of a 90 percent cost estimating phase for Work Package #5, which is the rehabilitation of the existing bridge.  This estimate was the first time MnDOT had obtained actual price quotes from subcontractors and suppliers.

The establishment of this area on the project website allows for further explanation of how the process works and how costs are developed in a complex project such as the Winona Bridge project.

“We’ve received some great questions from the public and there is a strong interest from the community in reading and learning more about the entire process, so we’re appreciative of the questions and encourage everyone to continue submitting questions,” said Ward.

Topic areas or questions may be submitted to the MnDOT team to answer and post to this website using the form found here: www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/commentsform.html

Additionally, people who have signed up for emails from the Winona Bridge Project site will receive alerts as information is added. Individuals can visit the website and sign up for the email function, if they aren’t currently enrolled.

Follow construction progress on the project website at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge, by signing up for periodic email updates, or by visiting the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.

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