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Highway 43 bridge in Winona

Highway 43 bridge in Winona
Highway 43 bridge in Winona/Photo by Alissa Haupt

Issues: The bridge is reaching the end of its design life. The Winona bridge was one of 25 bridges with a design similar to I-35W bridge that underwent inspection. In June the bridge closed after inspectors discovered rust and corrosion in some of the gusset plates. The gusset plates have since been repaired and strengthened.

Fracture critical? Yes

Structurally deficient? No

Sufficiency rating: 49.8

Deck rating: 6

Superstructure rating: 5

Substructure rating: 6

Length: 2,289 feet

Width: 34.4 feet

Average daily traffic: 11,600 vehicles

Passes over: Mississippi River into Fountain City, Wis.

Constructed in: 1941; remodeled in 1985

Construction starts in:

Construction should finish in: 2016

Cost: $175 million to $250 million for Minnesota. Wisconsin will pay the other half.

Detour: The new bridge will be built off-line from the current structure, so traffic will be maintained until construction is complete.

New bridge: The new bridge will have wider shoulders and pedestrian and bike facilities. It may have four lanes.

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.

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