Winona Bridge bid package No. 5 approved as rehabilitation work set to begin
WINONA, Minn. – The Winona Bridge work package No. 5 has been approved and Ames Construction is readying to begin rehabilitation of the existing Bridge 5900, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The $38.9 million contract is for work on the through truss bridge and removal of the approach spans. Work package No. 6, which is work to reconstruct the approach spans, is expected to be awarded in the summer of 2017.
Bridge 5900 is expected to close to traffic early next week as crews ready it for the rehabilitation project. Closure is expected by midweek, if not sooner, depending on weather conditions.
“We’re pleased to continue the next stage of this project,” said Terry Ward, MnDOT project manager of the Winona Bridge project. “The bid came in very close to the project team’s cost estimate, which is significant for this bridge rehabilitation work.”
The rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in fall of 2019 or spring of 2020. The new bridge, Bridge 85851, was opened to traffic on Aug. 27, ahead of schedule.
When Bridge 5900 is closed to traffic next week, traffic will travel in single lanes in both directions on the new bridge (Bridge 85851) for the duration of the closure of Bridge 5900.
Winona Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed to through traffic for three to four weeks. Inbound traffic to Winona on new Bridge 85851 will only be able to make a right turn as it exits the bridge. Outbound traffic will only be able to access new Bridge 85851 by making a left turn from Fourth Street. This short-term traffic phase will allow Ames Construction to complete the new intersection at the base of the bridges in Winona and place a traffic signal at this intersection.
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.