- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - The rehabilitation of a bridge in southeast Minnesota is expected to finish on time and on budget after the state transportation department ordered it closed nearly nine years ago due to dangerous corrosion.

The re-opening of the 75-year-old Interstate Bridge in Winona is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2019, the Winona Daily News (https://bit.ly/2pvTExu ) reported. Project manager Terry Ward said the sixth and final stage of the project will likely be open for bids at the end of May.

The project is estimated to cost $33.9 million.

Ward said the city’s portion of the cost came in around $713,000, near the estimate made in August 2013. The city’s contribution for the final phase of the project is nearly $434,800.

The bridge has been closed to all traffic since June 2008.

The project’s current stage involves repair steel parts of the bridge, including sanding and repainting.

The work is being done in 125-foot sections under protective tarps to keep dust and paint chips out of the air and the river because paint being stripped from the bridge contains lead.

Ward said they’re still maintaining a good rate in the project.

“Soon the steel repair work will start,” Ward said. “So that particular project is going really well.”

Crews have removed the bridge deck and replaced it with a temporary deck that’ll stay in place until the new one is installed closer to the end of the project. The contractor also will begin the process of taking off the original approach spans.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, https://www.winonadailynews.com

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