Red Wing City Council unanimously approves municipal consent for bridge project
RED WING, Minn. – The Red Wing City Council on Monday, Jan. 23 voted unanimously to approve municipal consent for the Red Wing Bridge project, a key step in the project scheduled to begin construction in May, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The construction contract is scheduled to let March 8 with construction expected to begin in May.
Municipal consent is process of local review and approval by communities affected by a construction project, and is required under Minnesota law.
At the Jan. 23 hearing, Chad Hanson, the MnDOT project manager for the design phase of the project, congratulated the council on its work to get to this stage.
Terry Ward, the MnDOT project manager for construction, explained at the meeting what will happen next in the remaining months before construction begins, and talked about how MnDOT and its partners the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the city of Red Wing would connect with the community and businesses to maintain strong communication through the end of the project in 2020.
The project includes the replacement of the Highway 63 (Eisenhower) Bridge over the Mississippi River and the Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, as well as improved highway connections to Highway 61, Minnesota Highway 58, and approach roadways in Wisconsin. Laws passed by the Minnesota Legislature following the I-35W Bridge collapse provide funding for rehabilitation or replacement of certain types of bridges in the state. The Eisenhower Bridge is “fracture critical” by nature of its truss design and therefore is eligible for funding through a state funding program.
To learn more about the Red Wing Bridge project and sign up for email updates, go to www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/index.html.
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