Highway 63 Bridge Replacement Project
Eisenhower Memorial Bridge
The Eisenhower Memorial 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 its 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.
Bridge Project Updates
Bridge Name Stays the Same
- People are curious about the name of the new bridge. Based on a Minnesota state statute, the name must remain the Eisenhower Memorial Bridge. Read more and learn why.
Who Pays For the Bridge?
The bridge project has a hefty price tag so it's worth asking. Here's the answer:
- Total construction costs for the entire project is estimated at $63.4 million.
- Construction costs for the actual bridge structure is estimated at $34.2 million.
- Of the $63.4 million dollar price tag that encompasses the whole project, here's the breakdown:
- The federal government pays 80% of each state's cost
- Minnesota pays $35.0 million
- Wisconsin pays $27.1 million
In addition, the City of Red Wing is paying $1.3 million for utilities & key elements such as bike-pedestrian overlooks, railings, and downtown lighting. This amount includes a generous donation of $364,920 from the Jones Family Foundation and the Red Wing Area Fund for aesthetic lighting on the bridge, landscaping, and a premier welcome sign. (A big thank you to these local philanthropic partners!)
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. A grant from the Red Wing Area Fund and Jones Family Foundation will cover the following:
- Special lighting, called wash lighting, to outline the bridge on the upstream side visible from Levee Park;
- Landscaping near the circular intersection that connects Highways 63 and 61 (this area is called the buttonhook);
- A sizable sign, probably adjacent to He Mni Can-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.