I-90 traffic slowdowns planned during steel girder delivery at Dresbach Bridge

Posted by HBC Newsdesk January 30, 2015

Westbound motorists on Interstate 90 and northbound Highway 61 will encounter periodic traffic slowdowns near the Dresbach Bridge February 3-6 as trucks deliver steel girders to the Mississippi River bridge construction site, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Ames Construction, the bridge contractor, will use pilot cars to slow traffic behind the trucks. The delivery trucks on I-90 Tuesday, February 3-Friday, February 6 will turn off of I-90 into the construction site. They will also be delivering beams from northbound Highway 61 on Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6. The delivery trucks will use pilot cars to slow traffic before turning into the construction area.

I-90 motorists approaching the bridge from Wisconsin and motorists approaching I-90 from La Crescent, Minnesota, will encounter the pilot cars during this period as girders are delivered for construction of the landside bridge that will take traffic from westbound I-90 to southbound Highway 61. The deliveries could be delayed, if there is a snowstorm or other bad weather.

About 80 construction workers have been at the jobsite and in the staging area this winter. Current work includes concrete pours, excavating, and preparing formwork.

The Traveler Information Center is closed until fall 2015 and the I-90 exit ramp from westbound I-90 to southbound Highway 61 will remain closed until 2016. Motorists who are westbound on I-90 and want to turn south on Highway 61 will need to continue to follow the established detour.

This $187.5 million project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation and will continue through 2016. The project includes constructing a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing Highway 61/14 and the I-90 interchange. With this project, MnDOT is working to enhance an efficient and effective transportation system.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For more information about the Dresbach Bridge project and detour, visit www.mndot.gov /dresbachbridge or www.facebook.com/DresbachBridge.

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