Contact: Mike Dougherty
MnDOT District 6 public engagement, communications
Overnight Hwy 63 traffic delays expected at Red Wing Bridge Tuesday night into Wednesday morning
RED WING, Minn. — Highway 63 motorists should expect delays as long as a half hour at the Red Wing Bridge late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning as crews remove sheet piling at a culvert on the Wisconsin side of the bridge, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
Zenith Tech, Inc., the project contractor, will be removing the sheet piling at the culvert to allow for spring fish spawning. Work will begin at 9 p.m., Tuesday and should be completed by 6 a.m., Wednesday. If crews complete the work sooner, they will remove the construction equipment. Delays could be up to 30 minutes, but will likely be closer to 10-15 minutes. Equipment must be on the road to remove the piling.
Additionally, crews are working 24-hour shifts on the Red Wing Bridge project setting tub girders for pier 2 (the Mississippi River navigation channel) and pier 3 (Wisconsin side). Work shifts are planned Monday through Friday but weekend work could be added depending on progress and weather. The work is in anticipation of the forecasted flooding along the Mississippi River at Red Wing. This work will not cause traffic delays.
Tub girder deliveries are coming from Veritas Steel in Eau Claire, Wis., where the girders were manufactured.
The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing, and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. Zenith Tech is the prime contractor $63.4 million construction project. Traffic on the new bridge is expected by fall 2019.
Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site. You can also follow the Facebook page for this project.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org