Red Wing Bridge project construction work to begin on Minnesota side next week
RED WING, Minn. – Red Wing residents will see greater activity on the Red Wing Bridge project next week as construction work picks up speed on the Minnesota side and pile driving work is scheduled to begin in Wisconsin, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Here is a list of the expected work schedule:
- Temporary crossover and bypass construction work is scheduled to start on Highway 61 in the project area. Drivers can expect to see lane closures for this work.
- Four buildings obtained to make room for the project are scheduled to start/finish being demolished. The public is reminded to stay away from the buildings, which are private property and may be in an unstable state due to demolition.
- Visitors to Levee Park will also note the closure of the levee road near the existing bridge. No through traffic for vehicles or pedestrians will be allowed while a sanitary sewer main is relocated. This work is scheduled to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Future construction activities will see this road closed for long durations during the project.
- On the Wisconsin side, causeway construction continues as does roadway excavation and temporary sheeting installation adjacent to Highway 63 for a future approach fill surcharge.
- Pile driving work is scheduled to begin next week on the Wisconsin side for the north abutment of the new bridge and the work could continue for the next couple of weeks. Pile driving involves the mechanical driving of steel piling into the ground. There will be steady work on this with noise during regular work hours. The piles provide the stability for structures because they are driven deep into the ground as an anchor.
- Bridge work in Wisconsin also includes construction to build cofferdams, the structures that allow workers to build the bridge piers with concrete and steel.
The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures.
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 Minnesota and Wisconsin roadways, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicycle crossings.
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.
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/ or follow on Facebook at https://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.