Groundbreaking ceremony for Red Wing Bridge project marks start of construction
RED WING, Minn. – Federal, state and local officials gathered in Red Wing on Friday, May 26 for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of construction on the Red Wing Bridge project, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
Approximately 80 people attended the event at Levee Park in Red Wing.
Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse served as emcee at the event that included remarks from local and state leaders during the short program.
“The Red Wing Bridge is a story about partnership between agencies, communities and states,” Dowse told the crowd. “It’s for the common good. The bridge that will be constructed will improve and enhance safety, our commerce and our efforts to welcome visitors to this community and region.”
MnDOT Chief of Staff Eric Davis echoed Dowse’s words, noting the partnership with Red Wing has been forged through other projects and been marked by good cooperation and projects that enhance the community.
WisDOT Northwest Region Director Jerry Mentzel lauded the hard work that many people have done to get the project to this point and complimented the working efforts of both WisDOT and MnDOT in taking on a complex project that will serve the Mississippi River corridor in this region.
The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures. The prime contractor on this $63.4 million project is Zenith Tech. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by fall of 2019.
This project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings.
To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project web site http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/. You can also follow a Facebook page for this project at https://www.facebook.com/RedWingBridgeProject/.