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Highway 63 bridge in Red Wing

Highway 63 bridge in Red Wing
Highway 63 bridge in Red Wing/Photo by Alissa Haupt

Issues: The bridge is nearing the end of its design life and is wearing out in general.

Fracture critical? Yes

Structurally deficient? No

Sufficiency rating:  44.8

Deck rating: 6

Superstructure rating: 6

Substructure rating: 5

Length: 1,630 feet

Width: 37 feet

Average daily traffic:
11,500 vehicles (2004)

Passes over: Mississippi River into Hager city, Wisconsin

Constructed in:

Construction starts in: 2018

Construction should finish in: 2020

Cost: $115 million to $215 million for Minnesota. Wisconsin will pay the other half.

Detour: Planners hope to avoid a detour. The new bridge has not been designed, so details are unavailable.

New Bridge: To be determined.

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

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

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