Traffic delays expected in June for annual inspections of Mississippi River bridges
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter weekday delays on three Mississippi River bridges in Southeast Minnesota in June as the Minnesota Department of Transportation conducts its annual inspections and evaluations of each structure.
The work is scheduled to begin in Red Wing on Monday, June 6 and will progress south during the month to other Mississippi River bridges in Wabasha and Winona.
Work time will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Inspections in Red Wing and Wabasha are scheduled to last for one week each, while Winona’s will cover two weeks to allow for MnDOT’s inspectors as well as consultants to review the current bridge. A new bridge in Winona upriver from the current Highway 43 bridge, is tentatively scheduled to open around Labor Day and the existing bridge will then be closed for rehabilitation work.
During the inspection work, traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers. Motorists can expect short-term delays. MnDOT has personnel in place to accomplish the work in a quick and orderly fashion to keep the delays to a minimum, but still ensure safety for motorists and work zone crews.
Motorists will see inspectors using a snooper truck, equipment that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket on the end to hold inspectors, who are able to maneuver it over, under and around a bridge, while parked on the deck.
The schedule for the Mississippi River bridges is:
- Red Wing: June 6-10, Highway 63 Eisenhower Bridge
- Wabasha: June 13-17, Highway 60 Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge
- Winona: June 20-July 1, Highway 43 bridge
Work will be Monday through Friday or until inspections have been completed. This is part of MnDOT ‘s annual inspection process.
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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