A local group was present in St. Paul this week as Gov. Tim Walz ceremoniously signed legislation naming the new Red Wing river bridge.

The bridge is to be named the Eisenhower Bridge of Valor, a continuation of the old bridge's Eisenhower Bridge moniker and a name area residents had proposed to honor military veterans and first responders.

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Present at the June 11 signing ceremony were area veterans, first responders, Gold Star Family members, local officials and others who advocated for the bridge name.

"It's been an honor advocating for this memorial to honor and remember the extraordinary courage and sacrifices of all our veterans and first responders," Rep. Barb Haley, R-Red Wing, said in a news release.

Haley was chief author of a bill to name the bridge. The legislation ultimately was included as part of a transportation funding bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Walz in May.

Work on the multi-year, $63.4 million bridge project continued this spring as crews began installing tub girders spanning the Mississippi River. The plan is to open the new bridge to traffic this fall.

More information about the project and a link to sign up for an email newsletter can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge.