Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-90 Dresbach Bridge

at the Minnesota/Wisconsin Line

Barge on the Mississippi River

Traffic impacts

Cars

  • Both directions of traffic will route motorists in one lane on each bridge as crews conduct barrier and cleanup work until November 21, 2014.
  • Motorists will continue to encounter temporary lane closures as work continues while weather permits.
  • The Traveler Information Center and the I-90 exit ramp from westbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 61 will remain closed until 2016.

Truckers

  • There is a 12 foot width and a 80,000 lbs. weight restriction on I-90.
  • Hwy 61 will be kept open to traffic at all times during the project but there will be over-dimensional permit restrictions implemented.
  • Trucking industry outreach handout (PDF 0.5 MB)

Pedestrians/bicyclists

The easterly segment of the Mississippi River Trail that follows US 61 is closed to through traffic between LaCrescent and Dresbach. New trail segments will be fully open in 2016.

Ramp closure

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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 interchange

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 trail system

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.

Cost

  • $175-$225 million