Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 4, 2016

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New traffic patterns begin Aug. 27 when new Winona Bridge opens

WINONA, Minn. – Motorists using the Highway 43 bridges in Winona over the Mississippi River will encounter new traffic patterns on Aug. 27 when the new bridge opens for traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Single lane traffic will be used for traffic using the bridges to enter and leave Winona.

The new bridge is scheduled to open for traffic later in the day on Aug. 27. Motorists traveling from Wisconsin to Winona will cross the river in a single lane on the new bridge 85851. As motorists leave the bridge, drivers must turn right onto Fourth Street. Left turn movements off the bridge into Winona will not be allowed. In addition, Winona Street between Fifth and Fourth streets will be temporarily closed.

Motorists traveling from Winona toward Wisconsin will use the existing bridge 5900 in a single lane. Access to the bridge will be by right turn only. (See the attached map.)

These detours are expected to be in effect until mid- to late-October to allow construction crews to complete the new roadway work at the base on the new bridge. Additional short-term traffic impacts may occur after this initial phase.

Rehabilitation work is expected to begin in December on the existing bridge 5900. At that time, traffic in both directions will use the new bridge in single lanes.

A community celebration for the opening of the new bridge is scheduled for 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at the foot of the new bridge. To learn more, go to: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/newsrels/16/06/30winonabridge.html. The event is open to the public.

Additional information is on the MnDOT project page at: www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/.

To learn more about the accessible pedestrian signal work that will be done as part of this project, go to MnDOT’s Road Knowledge page: mndot.gov/signs/aps/.

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.