Center span of old Red Wing Bridge to removed Feb. 6 in Red Wing as demolition work continues
RED WING, Minn. — Construction crews will lower the center span of the old Red Wing Bridge onto a barge in the Mississippi River some time after 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Platforms have been installed on the truss and crews will use special industrial jacks to lower the span. Cable will be ready and tensioned to hold the truss as crews start cutting it away to allow its lowering. Earlier this winter, crews have been removing the bridge deck in preparation of the removal of the bridge spans.
This bridge will have four jacks doing the work of lowering it about 15 feet per hour. At that rate, it’s expected to take approximately five hours to lower onto a barge, which will then move it to shore, where it will be cut apart and taken to a scrap iron dealer.
A public viewing area at Levy Park in Red Wing will be available for people to watch the process.
The process will continue with the other bridge spans in the coming weeks with crews working extended hours beginning Feb. 10 to get the bridge spans removed by March 13, weather permitting. With these spans, jacks won’t be used, but each span will be lowered via cranes either to barges or onto land to be cut up and carted away.
The new Eisenhower Bridge of Valor opened to traffic in November, but construction work has continued on the new bridge with work on lighting and bridge aesthetics, as well as work on the pedestrian and bicycle path. Other work on the project in 2020 includes completion of the connecting roads on the Wisconsin side, removal of the road that connected to the 1960 bridge and removal of a small temporary bridge over Hwy 61. Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., is the prime contractor.
The $63.4 million Hwy 63 bridge construction project includes building a new bridge to replace the Hwy 63 bridge, replacing the slip ramp over Hwy 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings.
Learn more or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/ or a follow the Facebook project page www.facebook.com/RedWingBridgeProject/. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.