I-90 Dresbach Bridge dedication event celebrates Mississippi River crossing
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Officials from the departments of transportation for Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered with elected officials and community members Friday (Oct. 21) to mark the dedication and celebrate the new Dresbach Bridge on Interstate 90 near La Crosse, Wis.
The event recognized the constructing of a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the Highway 61/14 and I-90 interchange. Work on the $187.5 million project began in late 2012. The new crossing was established and then the existing bridge was removed.
“The work it takes to get to this day of celebration requires dedication, skill and partnership and we appreciate the work with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to achieve this milestone and build a 100-year bridge,” said Charles Zelle, MnDOT commissioner.
Zelle and WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb led the interstate celebration on Friday at the I-90 Dresbach Welcome Center on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River.
“This project represents the same type of collaborative process that’s reflected in virtually every transportation improvement,” said Gottlieb. “This bridge is one of several important projects nearing completion along the I-90 corridor and our shared border.”
The two transportation agencies will shift attention upriver to Red Wing, Minn., in 2017 as a bridge replacement project gets underway on Highway 63. The St. Croix Crossing project in Stillwater, Minn., is scheduled to be complete in 2017.
Construction continues at the Dresbach site as the contractor, Ames Construction, is doing cleanup work and making minor adjustments in preparation for completion Nov. 15.
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.