The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona is on schedule and has reached several milestones.
Project Engineer Terry Ward said bids were let on July 30th for work package number three which consists of the new bridge river pier foundations with construction on the foundations to begin in early September.
Ward said the project is on schedule to meet one of its important goals: the shifting of Highway 43 traffic to the new bridge by the fall of 2016.
He said to meet the goal its important that the new bridge pier construction be far enough along this fall and winter so Mississippi River flooding next spring does not result in a significant delay.
In addition, Ward says right-of-way acquisition for the project is progressing as planned with the majority of parcels already in MnDOT possession. No word yet on the acquisition of the AmericInn and Severson Sinclair properties. Eminent Domain proceedings have been initiated on some of those remaining properties
County Recorder Bob Bambenek says 17 properties have been purchased by the state of Minnesota with approximately half a dozen remaining to be acquired.
Final design teams are working towards a late January 2015 bid letting for work package number four which will complete the new bridge and include all roadway work.
Up next, the project team is working closely with Winona City staff on potential site development plans for under the two bridges. A local Visual Quality Committee is winding down it efforts at making recommendations for that work.
The entire $162,000,000 project is still earmarked for completion in 2019.