Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse,
WI to Minnesota will encounter a ramp closure at exit
276, exiting I-90 westbound to southbound Hwy 61. Motorists should follow westbound I-90 and take
Dresbach exit 273 B & A to eastbound I-90 as shown below
in green. This detour is approximately 6 miles and will
add about 10 minutes of travel time.
The Traveler Information Center is also closed for the duration of the project as crews continue bridge construction. The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife boat launch will be open in the winter.
About this project
Summary of work
The new bridge
The new crossing will consist of two separate bridges parallel and upstream from the existing bridge. They will be concrete box girder structures over the main river channel and precast concrete girders over the back channel. Details:
100 year design life
Length: 2593 ft
Width: approximately 45-66 ft
Two twelve-foot lanes each direction
Eastbound acceleration lane
Twelve-foot outside shoulders
Six-foot inside shoulders
The final interchange configuration will provide full movement with no signals between I-90 and Hwy 61 as well as access to the Traveler Information Center and boat launches from all directions. The heavily used westbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 61 will feature a fly-under ramp allowing continuous movement with no competing traffic.
The final configuration will provide safe access for users on a 10-foot trail through the interchange without a single crossing with highway traffic. A modified trail system and pedestrian bridge connects riders using the Hwy 61 shoulders south of the project to the dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path on the north end of the project. In addition, access is improved to the Rest Area/Traveler Information Center for users of the trail.