Local Bridges Honored

Two new bridge spans over the Mississippi are among eight North American projects to receive honors from an industry group.

The American Segmental Bridge Institute selected the I-90 and Hwy 43 bridges as winners of its 2017 excellence awards. The new $78 million Winona bridge was completed in August of 2016 adjacent to the existing 75-year-old Hwy 43 bridge, which is currently being rebuilt and expected to open in 2020.

The selection committee commended the bridge’s “graceful haunched super structure and elegant twin wall piers.” The group called it an amazing feat of engineering considering the winter construction.

The 4-year $189 million project to replace the 49-year-old Dresbach bridge was completed in November of 2016. The selection committee called it a “world-class Mississippi River crossing” and that it combines aesthetically-pleasing shapes with two 508-foot spans that are the longest in Minnesota.

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