Annual Red Wing Bridge inspection scheduled June 11-14, short traffic delays expected
RED WING, Minn. — Motorists should be alert for bridge inspectors and short traffic delays on the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing on June 11-14 as the Minnesota Department conducts its annual bridge inspections of the structure.
Short delays are expected from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the scheduled inspection. Work could take four days, but will wrap up earlier, if the inspections are completed sooner and the weather doesn’t interfere with work.
Flaggers will control traffic at the bridge, so one direction of vehicles will take turns with the other direction.
Flaggers will wave one direction of vehicles through before stopping them and then allowing vehicles on the other side of the bridge to pass in the single open lane not occupied by the bridge inspection team.
A snooper truck is used during MnDOT inspections. The truck is a specialty vehicle that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspectors. The equipment allows the inspection team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
Overall, MnDOT’s bridge inspectors in southeast Minnesota will evaluate nearly 1,000 bridges in the region both for MnDOT and local governments such as cities and counties.
A new bridge is under construction in Red Wing, while traffic uses the existing bridge that is being inspected.
The Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp Hwy 63 Bridge over Hwy 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. The prime contractor on this $63.4 million construction project is Zenith Tech. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by fall of 2019.
Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site mndot.gov/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/. You can also follow a Facebook page for this project at facebook.com/RedWingBridgeProject/.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.