Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 9, 2020

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Lane closure begins June 15 for MnDOT’s annual Hwy 43 Winona Bridge inspection

WINONA, Minn. — Hwy 43 motorists traveling on the outbound bridge from Winona toward Wisconsin will encounter lane closures beginning Monday, June 15 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation inspects the bridge.

Traffic will remain open across the bridge during the annual inspection process. There will be no lane closures for traffic inbound to Winona on the new bridge.

MnDOT bridge inspectors will use one lane of the 1942 truss bridge where the snooper truck is placed for inspectors to evaluate the bridge. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and could run through June 26. Crews will reopen all lanes as soon as the work is completed.

This inspection is one of 990 inspections that MnDOT District 6 bridge inspectors are scheduled to complete this season, which includes MnDOT bridges in southeast Minnesota, but also select structures for counties and cities in the region.

A snooper truck is a specialty vehicle that uses a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspector. The equipment allows the inspection team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

To learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota, join its Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.