Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 16, 2016

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Lowering of I-90 Dresbach Bridge span scheduled for Wednesday, June 22

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Construction crews are scheduled on Wednesday, June 22 to lower a 1.2-million-pound steel span of the old westbound Interstate 90 Dresbach bridge to a barge in the Mississippi River, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

This is the second span to be lowered. Last month, crews lowered the eastbound span of I-90. The lowering of the span is expected to begin at 5 a.m., Wednesday and wrap up by 5 a.m., Thursday, June 23. Traffic on the river’s navigational channel west of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will be closed for during this time.

A frame lowering system will lower the large beams to a barge below. The frame uses jacks to lower the bridge 30 inches each 15 minutes. It will lower the bridge approximately 70 feet to the barge below. The span will then be transported to shore by barge and taken apart.

Motorist traffic is not expected to be affected by the demolition efforts at this stage.
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.

The $187.5 million project began in late 2012 and will be completed this fall.

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 more information about the Dresbach Bridge project and detour, visit www.mndot.gov/dresbachbridge or www.facebook.com/DresbachBridge.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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