Flooding has delayed the start of construction of the Highway 43 bridge project over the Mississippi River in Winona.
But, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Terry Ward, the project remains ahead of schedule.
The Mississippi River is currently flowing more than two and a-half feet above flood stage, which has prevented MnDOT from building a temporary river access and sending divers into the river, Ward told the Post-Bulletin he expects the delay to be about two weeks, if the weather cooperates.
Ward told Winona Radio News earlier he expected construction to begin shortly after the 4th of July with a groundbreaking tentatively set for mid-July.
Ward said earlier MnDOT hoped to get the project started in June but it won't get started now until the river comes down.
Ward said right-of-way purchase is approaching 50 percent of the 22 commercial and residential properties it must acquire to complete the bridge project.
One of those purchases is the property that contains Dahl Chevrolet which MnDOT bought for 2.6 million dollars.