The Winona City Council held an information session Monday and receive an update on the Winona Bridge Project from Project Manager, Terry Ward, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Ward says one feature the Visual Quality Committee is recommending are a pair of overlooks at the main river piers. Ward says the 450-square foot overlooks could be become the "crown jewel" of Winona's riverfront.
Mike Kennedy with the Visual Quality Committee says the reason the committee chose the "organic nature" bridge pier concept over the historical and modern tribute options was because it blended in better with the orginal bridge.
Ward says cost negotiations will begin soon between MnDOT and city staff to come up with a Cooperative Agreement detailing cost and maintenence responsibilies both agree with.
Work on the new bridge is still expected to get underway by July, if not sooner.