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Posted on: November 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Crossing the Bridge

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Contact: Mark Anderson
MnDOT Construction Project Engineer
Office: 507- 205-6402
Cell: 507-429-6302

Emergency responder vehicles to mark first traffic on new Red Wing Bridge in mid-November


RED WING, Minn. — Red Wing emergency responder vehicles will travel across the new Red Wing bridge to celebrate the start of traffic on the structure when it opens in mid-November, according to MnDOT and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

A larger ribbon-cutting celebration had been planned, but with the recent snow and the uncertainty of how November’s weather could affect the construction schedule, organizers opted to seek a more flexible celebration for the first bridge traffic. The small procession and a brief ceremonial ribbon cutting will be shared on social media when it occurs.

A larger community celebration in Red Wing to mark the project completion and dedication of the new bridge is being planned in late summer of 2020.

Once traffic begins on the new bridge, ongoing work into 2020 will include lighting and bridge aesthetics, as well as the pedestrian and bicycle path. The contractor, Zenith Tech, Inc., will begin demolition of the older structure after traffic begins on the new bridge. Other work on the project in 2020 will include the completion of the connecting roads on the Wisconsin side and removal of the road that connected to the 1960 bridge.

The Highway 63 Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63 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, Inc., is the prime contractor on the $63.4 million construction project.

Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates on MnDOT’s project web site. You can also follow the Red Wing Bridge Project Facebook page.

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

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