Traffic signal installation at Winona Bridge to improve safety, traffic flow
WINONA, Minn. – The Fourth Street and Highway 43 intersection at the base of the new Winona Bridge will begin operating with a traffic signal as soon as Wednesday, Oct. 12, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The changes are designed to increase pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow at a key point where the bridge enters into the city.
The intersection will have accessible pedestrian signals, which provide directions in alternative formats such as verbal messages, audible tones and vibrating surfaces, while providing information about the location of the buttons, the walk interval and the direction of the crosswalk. Audible signals can be heard 6 to 12 feet from the pushbutton. Volumes become louder or softer in response to level of traffic.
The Fourth Street and the Hwy 43 intersection opening marks the completion of the final phase of Work Package 4 for the Winona Bridge project. The new bridge was opened to traffic Aug. 27.
“This is a big milestone for the project,” said Elizabeth Burton, MnDOT project engineer.
“As we prepare for winter and move forward, all of the remaining work will be associated with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the existing Bridge No. 5900.”
Bridge 5900 will continue to be closed as the rehabilitation and reconstruction work is expected to continue until fall 2019 or spring 2020.
To learn more about accessible pedestrian signals, go to MnDOT’s web page at: www.dot.state.mn.us/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.
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.