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Posted on: March 13, 2019

Red Wing Bridge Crews Working 24-hour Shifts in Anticipation of Rising Mississippi River

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Contact: Mark Anderson
MnDOT Construction Project Manager
Office: 507- 205-6402
Cell: 507-429-6302

Red Wing Bridge crews working 24-hour shifts to beat anticipated rising Mississippi River


RED WING, Minn. — Construction crews building the new Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will be working 24 hours a day to set tub girders to complete the work in advance of the forecasted rising Mississippi River levels, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

Zenith Tech, Inc., the project contractor, will be working 24-hour shifts on the Red Wing Bridge project. Crews will be setting tub girders for Pier 2 (the Mississippi River navigation channel) and Pier 3 (Wisconsin side). Work shifts are planned Monday through Friday but weekend work could be added depending on progress and weather.

The work is not expected to affect Highway 63 traffic using the river bridge.

The National Weather Service is forecasting high water levels in the future with melting snow and forecasted rain.

Tub girder deliveries are coming from Veritas Steel in Eau Claire, Wis., where the girders were manufactured.

The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing, and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. Zenith Tech is the prime contractor of the $63.4 million construction project. Traffic on the new bridge is expected by fall 2019.

Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site and through their Facebook page.

Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit

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