City of Red Wing

Highway #63 Bridge Replacement Project

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Completed in 1960, the Eisenhower Bridge is a steel through-truss bridge that crosses the Mississippi River main channel at Red Wing, MN. The two-lane bridge is 1,631 feet long, 35 feet wide, and stands 65 feet above the river. MnDOT is currently in the preliminary phase of their project, which includes gathering data and reviewing options to determine if the bridges should be rehabilitated or replaced. Project includes the Highway 63 bridge over the Mississippi River and the Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61, as well as the highway connections to Highway 61, Highway 58 and approach roadways in Wisconsin. Work is currently underway to identify a preferred alternative concept.

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Meeting Notice:

Red Wing Bridge Project Open House

Date:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place:  Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Avenue, Red Wing, MN

The open house is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a presentation scheduled at 5:30 p.m. The two-hour open house allows visitors to come and go. They can talk with engineers and other project members from MnDOT, WisDOT and the City of Red Wing during the open house to ask questions, address concerns, and learn more about the project. The gathering is in the Foot Room of the Public Library, 225 East Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066.

The new Red Wing Mississippi River bridge will replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, a vital connection between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Construction is scheduled to begin on May 5 and the overall project will be completed by August 2020. The project is a cooperative effort between MnDOT, WisDOT, and the City of Red Wing. The project also includes the replacement of the historic Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61 and reconstruction of the approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Highway 63 and the Eisenhower Bridge will remain open during construction.

Once complete, motorists will have a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin, improved connections to Highway 61 and Highway 58 in Minnesota, better access in and out of Red Wing’s historic downtown district, and improved pedestrian and bicyclist crossings.

To learn more about the bridge project and sign up for email updates, go to the MnDOT website at or go to Facebook and like the project’s page to stay updated.

Information from the public open house will be made available on the project website. The meeting is being held at an accessible location.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.

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Project Schedule

  • Preliminary design phase 2013-2015
  • Final design phase 2015-2016
  • Construction:  2017-2020

Traffic Impacts

  • Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on the river crossing throughout construction

Primary Project Purpose

  • Provide a structurally sound bridge crossing of the Mississippi River Main Channel at Red Wing
  • Provide a structurally sound crossing of Highway 61
  • Improve traffic mobility on highways in the downtown Red Wing commercial/historic district

Secondary Project Purpose

  • Maintain traffic to the maximum extent possible
  • Maintain or improve pedestrian/bicycle traffic facilities


  • The project will result in a crossing of the Mississippi River that will be structurally sound through the design year of the project.  The Eisenhower Bridge provides the only regional crossing of the river for approximately 30 miles upstream and downstream for several communities on both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides of the river

Key Issues

  • The Eisenhower Bridge is fracture critical, meaning that if one fracture critical member of the bridge were to fail, the entire bridge could collaps
  • The Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61 is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Maintaining traffic on the crossing to the maximum extent possible is a key concern
  • Municipal consent is required from the City of Red Wing

Traffic Volumes

  • The two-lane bridge currently carries an average of 13,300 vehicles per day (2012 count)

Contact Us

Jay Owens
City of Red Wing City Engineer/Project Manager