Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 13, 2016

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Feedback, analysis guide MnDOT in narrowing list of Winona Bridge rehabilitation options

WINONA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota Historic Preservation Office, and city of Winona, announce that four options have been eliminated from further consideration as potential options for the approach spans for the existing Winona Bridge, Bridge No. 5900.

“Based on extensive Winona community feedback and meetings with our respective partner agencies, none of these options garnered enough support for further consideration” said Terry Ward, MnDOT project manager. 

The options that called for bridge removal (No. 3), conversion to a pedestrian bridge (No. 4), the 20-year through-truss solution (No. 5) and a newly added option for a new bridge (No. 6) have been eliminated and are no longer under consideration.

The remaining options still under consideration are option No. 1 - the historical full build, option No. 2 – the non-historic concrete approach span option or the potential for a hybrid solution between them. 

This past February, MnDOT announced the Winona Bridge project was over budget and they paused the process so a full range of options could be considered before moving forward with the work on the existing bridge.  A Federal Highway Administration peer review was performed as a part of an overall strategy to develop a strategic course of action.  Since that time, the work on existing Bridge No. 5900 has been broken into two work packages.

Work package No. 5, consisting of rehabilitation of the through-truss and removal of the approach spans, is scheduled for letting on Aug. 3, 2016. This approximate $38 million package letting will allow work to continue on the project as it will move from opening the new bridge to work on existing Bridge No. 5900.

Work Package No. 6, consisting of the reconstruction of the approach spans, the remaining roadway work and site work under and surrounding both bridges is scheduled for letting in the spring of 2017. The estimated cost for this work is approximately $20-$27 million and a final solution on the scope of the approach spans is slated for this fall. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

For background information and a full report on the discussions, analysis and options considered, go to MnDOT’s project website: www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/work-package5-costs.html.

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.

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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