Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 12, 2016

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Traffic shift on Winona bridges to begin Sept. 19 as rehabilitation starts

ROCHESTER, Minn. – All traffic using the Winona bridges across the Mississippi River will be shifted to the new Highway 43 bridge on Sept. 19 to begin the process of rehabilitating the adjacent historic bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic will travel in single lanes in both directions on the new bridge (Bridge 85851). The historic bridge (Bridge 5900) will close to traffic on Sept. 19, weather permitting.

This traffic pattern will be used during the next three years while Bridge 5900 is rehabilitated and reconstructed.

For four weeks, Winona Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed to through traffic. 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. A traffic signal is being placed at this intersection during this phase (see the attached traffic phase 2 detour map).

“This next traffic phase represents several very important milestones for the project as it starts the last phase of building the new bridge roadway connections,” said Terry Ward, MnDOT project manager. “It also marks the start of the rehabilitation and reconstruction work on the existing bridge.”

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, by signing up for periodic email updates, or by visiting the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.

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