Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 63 Bridges over Mississippi River and Hwy 61

Red Wing

Project updates

 

Status

Project animation

The preferred alternative for replacing the Hwy 63 bridges over the Mississippi River and Hwy 61, along with realigning the approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin has been determined. The visual quality process is complete and detailed visualizations of two bridges and approach roadways have been developed. See the project animation on this page and the visualizations and the Visual Quality Manual for the project. Final design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing and will continue through the end of 2016. The project is still on track for construction to begin in 2017, which is anticipated to be complete by 2020.

Environmental review process concluded

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Hwy 63 Red Wing Bridge project, concurring with the environmental analysis completed by the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. This wraps up the environmental review process and moves the project toward design, permitting and construction. The FONSI is a key milestone in the process to construct a new bridge over the Mississippi River in Red Wing.

Construction on the estimated $110 million bridge to replace the existing Eisenhower Bridge is scheduled to start in 2017. Through detailed analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public involvement, and comments received, MnDOT and WisDOT have determined that the proposed US 63 River Bridge and Approach Roadways Project does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts and have concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required for the project.

Project background

Rendering of new Eisenhower Bridge
Rendering of new Hwy 63 Mississippi River Bridge
  • The Eisenhower Bridge is fracture critical, meaning that if one fracture critical member of the bridge were to fail, the entire bridge could collapse.
  • The Hwy 63 Bridge over Hwy 61 is eligible for theĀ National Register of Historic Place.
  • Maintaining traffic on the crossing to the maximum extent possible is a key concern.
  • More background information