Tree removal work scheduled in preparation for Red Wing bridge project
RED WING, Minn. – Motorists in Red Wing may encounter occasional short delays beginning Feb. 2-3 as crews remove trees in areas that are part of the construction zone for the project to replace the Highway 63 (Eisenhower) bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The work is expected to begin Feb. 2-3, weather permitting, and should take less than one week to complete.
Traffic restrictions are expected to include lane closures on Highway 61 and flagging operations on Highway 63 in the area of Potter and Plum streets. The restrictions are for the safety of motorists and the work crews.
Castle Rock Contracting & Tree Service, LLC from Castle Rock Minn., is the contractor. Their bid price was $88,500.
The tree removal work to prepare the construction site is necessary now to ensure that it does not disrupt the Northern Long Eared Bat, which is classified as an endangered species, and is in hibernation now away from the trees. Work must be completed prior to the end of March.
Overall, the project is an effort by MnDOT, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the city of Red Wing. It includes the replacement of the Highway 63 (Eisenhower) Bridge over the Mississippi River and the Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, as well as improved highway connections to Highway 61, Minnesota Highway 58, and approach roadways in Wisconsin.
Laws passed by the Minnesota Legislature following the I-35W Bridge collapse provide funding for rehabilitation or replacement of certain types of bridges in the state. The Eisenhower Bridge is “fracture critical” by nature of its truss design and therefore is eligible for funding through a state funding program.
To learn more about the Red Wing Bridge project and sign up for email updates, go to mndot.gov/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.