Tree removal work scheduled on Wisconsin side of Red Wing bridge
RED WING, Minn. – Highway 63 motorists using the Mississippi River bridge at Red Wing should be alert for workers beginning the week of March 13 as crews remove trees on the Wisconsin side of the bridge in preparation for construction, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of March. No traffic delays are expected.
The work is being done by Pierce County, Wis., in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The tree removal work to prepare the construction site is necessary now to ensure that it does not disrupt the Northern Long Eared Bat, which is classified as an endangered species, and is in hibernation now away from the trees. Tree removal work must be completed prior to the end of March.
Overall, the project is an effort by MnDOT, WisDOT and the city of Red Wing. It 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.
Construction is expected to being in May. Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., was the apparent low bidder for the project with a bid of $63,436,184.
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.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.