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Overnight traffic delays expected at Red Wing Bridge Tuesday into Wednesday morning

Highway 63 motorists can expect up to 30-minute delays at the Red Wing Bridge late Tuesday night, March 19, 2019, into early Wednesday morning as crews remove sheet piling at a culvert on the Wisconsin side of the bridge, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

Zenith Tech, Inc., the project contractor, will be removing the sheet piling at the culvert to allow for spring fish spawning. Work will begin 9 p.m., Tuesday and should be completed by 6 a.m., Wednesday, according to a news release. If crews complete the work sooner, they will remove the construction equipment. Delays could be up to 30 minutes, but will likely be closer to 10-15 minutes. Equipment must be on the road to remove the piling.

Additionally, crews are working 24-hour shifts on the Red Wing Bridge project 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 anticipation of the forecasted flooding along the Mississippi River at Red Wing. This work will not cause traffic delays.

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. 

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