Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 12, 2016

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3-D models of Hwy 63 Red Wing Bridge Project on display at St. James Hotel

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Red Wing residents and visitors can get a closer look at the design of the new Highway 63 bridge and approach roadways at an information display at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

3-D models of the new bridge and approach roadways, as well as other information displays about the bridge, are available for viewing at the St. James, 406 Main St. The display is on the mezzanine level of the historic hotel in downtown Red Wing.

“We are progressing on the final design and we want the public to be able to see what’s proposed and what we will begin construction on next year,” said Chad Hanson, MnDOT project manager. “The 3-D models will help people better understand what’s planned.”

MnDOT is working on finalizing the design of the project along with developing construction staging and timing details. The aesthetics for the project are taking shape and the right-of-way acquisition process is underway.  The final design of the project will be wrapping up late 2016, with the project still on schedule to begin construction in the spring of 2017.

The project will replace the existing Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River with a new bridge. In addition, the Wisconsin and Minnesota bridge approaches will be improved. The project will construct a jug handle intersection on Highway 63 at 825th St. on the Wisconsin approach. Improvements on the Minnesota approach include reconfiguration of the approach roadways into a buttonhook intersection with a slip ramp into downtown Red Wing, along with replacement of the Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61.

To learn more about the bridge project, go to the MnDOT website at www.mndot.gov/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/.