The Hwy. 43 bridge over the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn. was named as one of the top 10 bridges of 2015 by Roads and Bridges magazine.
Each year the magazine’s editorial staff recognizes the top projects in North America based on project challenges, impact to the region and scope of work. It deemed the $79.6 million bridge as the No. 7 project of 2015. The South Park Bascule Bridge replacement in Seattle was ranked No. 1. The results are published in the magazine's November issue.
The project includes construction of a new concrete box girder design crossing and rehabilitation of the current historic bridge. The new bridge will be 2,295 feet, which includes 450 over the main Mississippi River channel. Construction continues through the winter. The new Winona bridge is expected to open to traffic in late 2016 and then work will begin to rehabilitate the existing bridge, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.
The Dresbach Bridge on I-94, down river from Winona, is also under construction and was named as one of the top 10 bridges of 2013. That bridge on I-90 connects La Crosse, Wis. and La Crescent, Minn.