The Winona City Council held an informational meeting Monday prior to its regular meeting.
Council members had a chance to discuss the plans for the Highway 43 Interstate Bridge with Mark Trogstad-Isaacson, District Right of Way Engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Project manager, Terry Ward, and got an opportunity to see the proposed layout up close.
Councilman Al Thurley said his concerns included a loss of property taxes with land being purchased for the project as well as the design of the bridge.
Councilman Georg Borzyskowski says he has heard a few complaints about the style bridge being proposed but noted that other options are more expensive and would alter the time line of the new bridge being constructed.
MnDOT says the council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the plan on August 19th and a public open house will be held next Monday at the National Guard Armory on Homer Road from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Work is expected to begin on the new bridge sometime between next summer and spring of 2015. The total project is expected be completed sometime between the Fall of 2019 and the Spring of 2020.
The total project includes the rehab of the existing bridge which will be undertaken after the new bridge is finished...