Red Wing Bridge crews working 24-hour shifts to beat anticipated rising Mississippi River
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Construction crews building the new Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will be working 24 hours a day to set tub girders to complete the work in advance of the forecasted rising Mississippi River levels, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
Zenith Tech, Inc., the project contractor, will be working 24-hour shifts on the Red Wing Bridge project. Crews will be setting tub girders for pier 2 (the Mississippi River navigation channel) and pier 3 (Wisconsin side). Work shifts are planned Monday through Friday but weekend work could be added depending on progress and weather.
The work is not expected to affect Hwy 63 traffic using the river bridge.
The National Weather Service is forecasting high water levels in the future with melting snow and forecasted rain.
Tub girder deliveries are coming from Veritas Steel in Eau Claire, Wis., where the girders were manufactured.
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. Zenith Tech is the prime contractor $63.4 million construction project. Traffic on the new bridge is expected by fall 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 www.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.