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MnDOT takes input on Highway 43 bridge project


WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Plans for the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona are right on schedule to start construction this July.

Thursday MnDOT officials met with members of the Winona community to learn what they can do to make the more than five year long building process go a little smoother.

"We'll it sounds like we're going to hear a lot of noise at some point here," said Mark Peterson, the Winona Mayor.

Building one new bridge and then completely rehabbing the other won't be a simple process.

"The project really is going to change the landscape of Winona," said Terry Ward, MnDOT Project Manager.

So MnDOT officials brought together Winona residents for a meeting that's the first of its kind.

They're taking in community goals for the project, whatever they may be.

"I like the suggestion of making sure there's a safe viewing area because we know there's going to be a lot of people watching," Peterson said.

MnDOT can take all of the ideas that range from the attractiveness of the underside of the bridge to signage for businesses to keeping the noise as low as possible and try to make them happen.

"What are some mitigation strategies that can be implemented to try and see that those goals are met or negative factors don't take place," said Ward.

Winona officials say this meeting is an example of MnDOT and a local government working well together to get something done.

"I have no complaints, and we're getting pretty excited here in Winona about our new bridge," said Peterson.

The bridge is expected to cost about $160 million.

Construction would finish in 2019 at the earliest.

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