The Eisenhower Bridge crosses the Mississippi River main channel at Red Wing, MN. It has provided an essential link between Minnesota and Wisconsin and has seen much use since it's inauguration in 1960. However, time has taken its toll and the bridge must now be replaced. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun work on the project and anticipates work to be complete in August of 2020.
Two local philanthropic organizations have teamed up to enhance the aesthetics of the new Red Wing bridge. The Red Wing Area Fund and the Jones Family Foundation have generously contributed a total of $364,920 in beautification projects which will help make the new bridge as pleasing to the eye as it is functional. The Area Fund -Jones Foundation grant will cover the following:
Special lighting, called "wash lighting," will outline the bridge shape on the upstream side and be visible from Levee Park, the river itself, and the Wisconsin shore
Landscaping of the interior of the circular intersection connecting traffic on Highways 63 and 61 which is called the "buttonhook." This will greatly enhance this gateway feature
A sizable sign, probably adjacent to Barn Bluff, welcoming Minnesota bound motorists to Red Wing
These contributions will complement the City's aesthetic contributions of:
architectural texture and coloring of concrete elements
decorative banner poles
downtown decorative lighting
ornamental railings and barriers
pedestrian overlooks with decorative lighting
spires and pilasters
Additionally, the Departments of Transportation of Minnesota and Wisconsin will be providing aesthetic items costing some $1.8 million and $450,000, respectively.