I-90 Dresbach Bridge

at the Minnesota/Wisconsin Line

Barge on river

This page is designed to provide the area media outlets with the information and resources they need to report accurate, timely information about the Dresbach Bridge construction project. 

New Photos are Available! - Monday, October 20, 2014

New photos have been added of the construction site. View/download them here.

New Photos are Available! - Thursday, May 29, 2014

New photos have been added of the construction site. View/download them here.

New Photos Are Available! - Friday, April 25, 2014

New photos have been added of the construction site. View/download them here.

Exit 276—Ramp Closure - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beginning April 15, 2014, motorists traveling Interstate 90 west from La Crosse to Minnesota will encounter a ramp closure exiting I-90 westbound to southbound highway 61 (towards La Crescent). Motorists should follow westbound I-90 and take the Dresbach exit to eastbound I-90. This detour will add approximately 10 minutes of travel time. The ramp will reopen in 2016. Find more information, including a printable map, here.

Dresbach Bridge named one of the top ten bridges of 2013 - Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Dresbach Bridge was named as one of the top 10 bridges of 2013 by Roads and Bridges magazine. Each year the magazine’s editorial staff recognizes the top projects in North America based on project challenges, impact to the region and scope of work. The Dresbach Bridge project was selected in part because of the eco-conscious construction methods being used. View the press release here.

US Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch at Dresbach Bridge Open - Monday, December 16, 2013

Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center is now open to the public. The USFWS boat launch will remain open until March 2014 when construction activities resume. View the press release here

New Traffic Patterns on Interstate 90 - Thursday, November 14, 2013

Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns on Interstate 90 on both sides the Dresbach Bridge beginning Thursday, Nov. 14. View the press release here

Ramp Closure Nov 8 - 11 - Thursday, November 07, 2013

The ramp from La Crescent heading to La Crosse (Northbound Hwy 61 to Eastbound I-90) will be closed starting Friday morning 11/8/2013 until approximately 5 AM Monday morning 11/11/13. Traffic should instead take Westbound I-90 to Dresbach, then use the Dresbach ramp to access Eastbound I-90. Please refer to this JPG or PDF graphic. 

Dresbach Bridge Worker Injured During Pier Construction - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A construction employee working on the Dresbach Bridge fell approximately 40-feet this morning into the Pier 2 coffer dam. View the press release here

New Photos and Videos Available! - Monday, October 14, 2013

New photos and videos have been added of the construction site. Many of them feature concrete being poured. 

New Videos Now Available - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New videos have just been added to the Photos/Videos page of the site. Here, you can view web-optimized preview images and videos, and download the raw files for use in news stories. 

Press Releases

April 11, 2014: Dresbach Rest Area, Ramp Closure to Begin April 15 (PDF, 221 KB, 1 Page)

January 24, 2014: Guardrail Repairs to Temporarily Close Dresbach Bridge Lanes (PDF, 202 KB, 1 Page)

December 23, 2013: Dresbach Bridge Named One of the Top Ten Bridges of 2013

December 16, 2013: US Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch at Dresbach Bridge Open (PDF, 196 KB, 1 Page)

November 14, 2013: I-90 traffic switch at Dresbach Bridge begins Nov. 14 (PDF, 191 KB, 1 Page)

November 6, 2013:  Dresbach Bridge Worker Injured During Pier Construction (PDF, 190 KB, 1 Page)

April 26, 2013: I-90 lane closures at Dresbach Bridge in Minnesota and Wisconsin begin May 2 (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

April 8, 2013: Westbound I-90 lane closure at Dresbach Bridge in Wisconsin begins April 11 (PDF, 206 KB, 1 Page)

March 13, 2013: Construction activities continue on I-90 Dresbach Bridge project March 18 (PDF, 207 KB, 1 Page)

Jan 16, 2013: Construction activities begin on I-90 Dresbach Bridge project Jan. 21 (PDF, 221 KB, 1 Page)

Additional Documents

I-90 Dresbach Bridge Replacement Fact Sheet (PDF, 360 KB, 2 Pages)

Dresbach Bridge Infographic (Web optimized) (PDF, 483 KB, 1 Page)

Dresbach Bridge Infographic (High resolution, print, with crop marks) (PDF,  681 KB 1 Page)

Project layout Minnesota side (PDF, 483 KB, 1 Page)

Project layout Wisconsin side (PDF, 283 KB, 1 Page)


Project Manager
Mark Anderson, Construction Project Engineer
Minnesota Department of Transportation
5420 Highway 61 West
Winona, MN 55987

Community Relations Coordinator
Mike Dougherty
Minnesota Department of Transportation
2900 48th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Topics of Interest

MnDOT to Apply Anti-Graffiti Paint to Dresbach Bridge & Interchange

Beginning in summer 2014 MnDOT will be applying anti-graffiti paint to the Dresbach Bridge and interchange. The anti-graffiti paint is manufactured by Della Vernici. The anti-graffiti paint is applied to all exposed concrete surfaces except river piers and portions of the cable tower, using a sprayer. The anti-graffiti paint creates a non-stick surface that repels graffiti from paint, paint spray cans, and permanent markers; allows graffiti to be easily removed using an approved solvent and a stiff bristle brush; and offers long-term protection against repeated graffiti attacks.  MnDOT also often uses an anti-graffiti overlay on their road signs. In addition, the anti-graffiti paint is freeze thaw resistant, and weathers well with no evidence of cracking or adhesion loss—perfect for cold Wisconsin/Minnesota winters.

For more information, contact: Mike Dougherty, 507-286-7684, Michael.Dougherty@state.mn.us

Bridge Inspections: Ensuring Safety

Each state is mandated to have a bridge inspection organization that administers the inspection of the bridges on the public roadways in the state. The MnDOT Bridge Office has that responsibility for the state inspection program, including establishing inspection policies and procedures, maintaining the statewide database, certifying inspectors, monitoring load rating, and conducting special inspections.

During new bridge construction, such as the Dresbach Bridge project, inspectors are on-site daily checking things like rebar placement, forms, concrete placement and surveying. They’re involved throughout the entire construction process.

By Minnesota Statute, each bridge in the state must be inspected annually unless the bridge can meet some established criteria that allows the inspection frequency to be extended to a 24 month interval. When conducting these annual inspections, inspectors evaluate the load rating of the bridge, perform an underwater inspection, and inspect general conditions, which include an overall assessment of the physical condition of the deck (riding surface), the super structure (load carrying members such as beams or trusses that support the driving surface), and substructures such as abutments, piers, and culverts.

Several people make up a bridge inspection team—a  Program Manager, who must be a Professional Engineer or have 10 years of bridge inspection experience and have successfully completed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) comprehensive bridge inspection training; a bridge inspection Team Leader, and possibly an assistant inspector. Team Leaders conduct all of the bridge inspections, and must either be a registered professional engineer in the state of Minnesota or have five years of bridge inspection experience, must have successfully completed the two‐week FHWA comprehensive bridge inspection training course, and must pass a field proficiency test administered by the MnDOT Bridge Office. Assistant Inspectors can only assist in bridge inspections; a Team Leader must be present. Minnesota’s bridge inspector certification requirements exceed the federal standards as well as those standards of many of the surrounding States.

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For more information, contact: Mike Dougherty, 507-286-7684, Michael.Dougherty@state.mn.us

Construction Site Safety

A construction site, with equipment that can weight more than 50,000 pounds, poses safety challenges that many other workplaces don’t. And when that construction site is located 80-90 feet above the Mississippi River, like the Dresbach Bridge is, there’s an added level of concern about safety. Zach Huhmann’s main job is ensuring worker safety on the construction site—from day one. When workers first come on the job site, they are required to attend a comprehensive safety training session, during which Huhmann covers topics like the appropriate use of safety equipment, safety protocols, and task specific safety training. While on the jobsite, workers are reminded to always put safety first, and to encourage their fellow workers to always follow safety best practices.

Drivers also play an important role in construction site safety. Drivers speeding and not paying attention are the main causes of work zone crashes, and can put not only themselves and other drivers in danger, but workers, too. Drivers can help keep work zones safe by staying alert, obeying posted speed limits, staying off roads blocked with barriers or cones, avoiding making unnecessary lane changes, and staying off cell phones. Finally, drivers need to be patient, and expect delays—especially during peak travel times. Slowing down can save lives!

For more information, contact: Mike Dougherty, 507-286-7684, Michael.Dougherty@state.mn.us