Winona, MN – As the new Winona Bridge Project nears completion, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) personnel have run new fiber-optic cable through the new bridge.

On Tuesday, crews successfully ran the new fiber-optic line the length of the bridge. So how do you get a 3,000-foot long cable from one end of the bridge to the other? You 071216-bridge-fiber-sailblow it. To do that, a small “sail” is attached to the end of the fiber-optic cable. Using special equipment, the cable is then guided into a conduit on one end of the bridge and crews use 90 pounds of air pressure to push the fiber-optic cable through to the other side of the bridge.

Later next month the fiber-optic cable attached to the old bridge will be disconnected at which time the new fiber will be activated.

The new bridge is expected to be completed in about six weeks with a dedication planned for August 27.

About us: Headquartered in Winona, MN, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) delivers cutting edge telecommunications services to communities in southeastern Minnesota. Founded in 1997, HBC builds and operates hybrid fiber and Fiber-To-The-Home networks as well as providing wireless broadband in rural areas. The company offers a video service selection of more than 300 channels (including approximately 100 in High-Definition), digital music, Pay-Per-View, and extensive local programming produced by HBC Studios. The company has over 110 employees supporting, retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and Wizards Technical Support divisions in over 17 communities.

For additional information, please contact David Dicke at or at (507) 474-5884.