The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the construction site around the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona is closed to the public.
Project Manager Terry Ward says the closure is for the safety of the public and work crews.
With construction underway, only authorized construction workers are allowed to enter the work area. No tresspassing signs have been posted along the levee to help warn the public.
Ward says the bike trail on the levee under the existing bridge is also closed, and will remain closed for 5-years, until the project is completed in 2019. There is a posted bike detour from Johnson Street to Second Street to Riverview Drive.
Traffic across the bridge will always remain open for the duration of the entire project.
New work zone safety laws went into affect on August First, making it a $300 fine to speed in a work zone or disobey flaggers.