Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 25, 2016

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Inspection of new Winona Bridge to close pedestrian walkway for two hours

WINONA, Minn. – The new Winona Bridge (Bridge 85851) pedestrian sidewalk will be closed for approximately two hours on Monday morning, Oct. 31 as Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge inspectors conduct a review of the new structure.

This is the first inspection since traffic has traveled on the new bridge, which opened on Aug. 27. Inspectors will have their snooper vehicle on the walkway to allow them to maneuver personnel under the bridge. Work is expected to begin about 8:30 a.m. and be completed about 10:30 a.m.

Cones will be placed on the shoulder of the bridge’s driving lane adjacent to the walkway to mark a lane for pedestrians and bicyclists during the inspection period. The new bridge allows for the snooper to drive on the sidewalk, but the walkway closure is needed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists, while the snooper is being operated.

Motorized traffic will remain open. All traffic crossing the Mississippi River is using the new Highway 43 bridge in single lanes in both directions. Bridge 5900 is closed for rehabilitation. It is expected to open again between fall 2019 and spring 2020.

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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