Minnesota Department of Transportation

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April 26, 2016

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Public meeting scheduled for May 2 to discuss Winona’s historic bridge options

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents of Winona and the region of its public meeting on May 2 about the current Winona Bridge budget projections and options involving the historic bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The meeting is at Wanek Hall, Winona County Historical Center, 160 Johnson Street, Winona, MN 55987. The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. and will run until 6:30 p.m. A formal presentation with questions and answers will start at 5 p.m.

MnDOT Project Manager Terry Ward will present information about the options and provide updates on the discussions for the current Highway 43 bridge. Leaders from MnDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office are also planning on attending.

It is an opportunity for the Winona community to better understand the options under consideration, the evaluation criteria, and the historical processes, as well as register their opinions before final decisions on options are made.
The historic bridge rehabilitation portion of the project is estimated to cost $30 million more than originally planned. Overall, engineering is projected to be $10 million and construction costs on Bridge No. 5900 are projected to be $20 million more than originally planned. In-depth information on this is posted at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge/work-package5-costs.html. The cost increase has prompted a review of all options available for this portion of the project.
Follow construction progress on the project website at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge, by signing up for periodic email updates, or by visiting the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or e-mail your request to ADArequest@dot.state.mn.us.

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