I-90 Dresbach Bridge hits project milestone with final concrete closure pour
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Construction crews completed the final closure pours of concrete on the new Interstate 90 westbound bridge early Wednesday morning, marking a significant milestone in the project that is slated to be complete later this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Ames Construction, the project contractor on the $187.5 million project, began closing the final gap of the new westbound I-90 bridge at 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 19. The pour consisted of 31 cubic yards of concrete, 5,100 pounds of reinforcing steel, and 800 pounds of post tensioning cables.
At 1:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, the Ames crew was placing the curing blankets and protective plastic over the last gap.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the new westbound crossing, which will open to limited traffic during the summer.
Motorists traveling eastbound on I-90 over the Mississippi River should use the crossover lane on the west end of the construction zone to continue their eastbound route.
Eastbound I-90 motorists, who want to travel onto southbound Highway 61, should proceed past the crossover and look for signs to take the left exit to go south. A traffic signal controls traffic just after the exit, so motorists should be slowed and prepared to stop.
The Dresbach Bridge project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The project includes constructing a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the Highway 61/14 and the I-90 interchange.
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.
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