Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

August 19, 2016

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Public invited to community celebration for new Winona Bridge dedication Aug. 27

WINONA, Minn. – Winona residents and visitors will get a chance to walk on the new Winona Bridge and celebrate its dedication on Saturday, Aug. 27, and the organizing committee is issuing a special invitation to residents who attended the 1942 dedication event, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

An 11 a.m. public event is planned with speeches, music and an opportunity for the public to walk on the bridge before it is opened to traffic. The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will celebrate the event with ribbon cutting following the ceremony. A time capsule will be on display at the event and will be placed later inside the new bridge.

A committee of Winona citizens and officials led Judy Bodway and Vicki Decker, both of Winona, have planned the Aug. 27 celebration to mark the opening of the new Winona Bridge.

People who attended the 1942 bridge dedication are invited to attend. Special seating will be provided to acknowledge their presence at two key events in Winona’s history.

“I’ve talked with individuals who were here in 1942 for that bridge dedication and we think it would be wonderful to have them join in at this historic event,” said Winona Mayor Mark Peterson.

The MnDOT bridge project involves building a new two-lane bridge upstream on the Mississippi River from the existing bridge and then rehabilitating the existing two-lane bridge. The project is scheduled to be complete between fall 2019 and spring 2020.

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.

Follow construction progress on the project website at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge or by visiting the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.  For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.