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. 

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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

Press Releases

Sept 20, 2016: Lane and Ramp Openings Planned as Dresbach Bridge Gets Closer to Completion (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

Sept 14, 2016: Brief Traffic Stoppages Planned Sept. 14 For I-90 Dresbach Bridge Pier Removal (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

Sept 2, 2016: Westbound I-90 Ramp To Southbound Hwy 61 At Dresbach To Open Sept. 2 (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

Aug 26, 2016: Westbound I-90 On-Ramp At Dresbach Welcome Center To Briefly Close For Repairs (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

Aug 10, 2016: Traffic To Begin Using Both New I-90 Mississippi River Crossings At Dresbach (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

Aug 5, 2016: Southbound Highway 61 Exit From Eastbound I-90 Changes Aug. 8 At Dresbach (PDF, 208 KB, 1 Page)

July 18, 2016: Bat Colony Preservation Work Near I-90 Dresbach Bridge Shows Early Success (PDF, 64.2 KB, 1 Page)

June 27, 2016: Northbound Highway 61 ramp to eastbound I-90 to open at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 68.4 KB, 1 Page)

June 22, 2016: I-90 Travel Information Center at Dresbach Bridge Reopens to Public (PDF, 52.3 KB, 1 Page)

June 21, 2016: Brief Nighttime Traffic Stoppages Planned June 21 On I-90 Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 52.3 KB, 1 Page)

June 16, 2016: Lowering Of I-90 Dresbach Bridge Span Scheduled For Wednesday, June 22 (PDF, 65 KB, 1 Page)

October 20, 2015: Bat Colony Preservation Work Done Near I-90 Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

August 21, 2015: Two Short-Term Delays Planned For Highway 61 And I-90 Near Dresbach Bridge  (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

August 12, 2015: Short-Term Delays Planned Aug. 13 For Westbound I-90 Near Dresbach Bridge(PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

August 3, 2015: Traffic Changes Planned On Interstate 90 During Annual Dresbach Bridge Inspection (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

July 1, 2015: Short Delays Expected on I-90 at Dresbach During Presidential Visit (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

June 19, 2015:  Early-morning Eastbound Lane Closure Planned June 22 on I-90 Near Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)  

June 5, 2015:  Flaggers present at I-90 Dresbach Bridge interchange during installation on June 8-9 (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page) 

April 29, 2015:  Traffic Changes for Highway 61 Northbound at Dresbach Bridge Begin April 29 (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

April 10, 2015: Traffic Switches Planned as Interstate 90 Dresbach Bridge Project Moves into Summer Season (PDF,  205 KB, 1 Page)

April 3, 2015: Eastbound Lane Closure on the Interstate 90 Dresbach Bridge Planned for Monday (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

March 26, 2015: Interstate 90 Lane Closures Planned as Dresbach Bridge Prepares for Construction Season (PDF, 2015 KB, 1 Page)

March 24, 2015: Road Construction Season at Dresbach Bridge Includes Work Zone Safety Reminder (PDF, 246 KB, 1 Page)

March 23, 2015: Westbound I-90 Lane Closures Planned March 24 at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 2014 KB, 1 Page) 

March 17, 2015: I-90 Lane Closures Planned this Week at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 219 KB, 1 Page)

March 12, 2015: I-90 Lane Closure Planned for Concrete Pour on Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 219 KB, 1 Page) 

February 27, 2015:  I-90 Lane Closure Schedule for Concrete Girder Delivery at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

February 3, 2015: I-90 Steel Girder Delivery at Dresbach Bridge Delayed Because of Weather (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

January 29, 2015: I-90 Traffic Slowdowns Planned During Steel Girder Delivery at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

December 16, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch Remains Closed for Dresbach Bridge Construction (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

November 20, 2014: Traffic Restrictions to be Lifted for Winter on I-90 at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

November 10, 2014: I-90 traffic switch at Dresbach Bridge begins week of Nov. 17 (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

October 28, 2014: Lane Changes for Motorists on I-90 Dresbach Bridge for Deck Patching Work (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

September 26, 2014: Lane Changes Planned for Motorists on I-90 Dresbach Bridge for Deck Patching Work (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

September 15, 2014: Brief, Late Night Closure Planned on I-90 for Overhead Sign Removal Near Dresbach Bridge (PDF,  205 KB, 1 Page)

August 4, 2014:  Traffic Changes Planned on Interstate 90 During Annual Dresbach Bridge Inspection (PDF, 205 KB, 1 Page)

July 24, 2014: I-90 Eastbound Traffic Re-opens After Crash on Wisconsin Side of Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 280 KB, 1 Page)

July 24, 2014: I-90 Eastbound Traffic Detoured for Crash on Wisconsin Side of Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 281 KB, 1 Page)

June 20, 2014: Brief Closures Planned for Interstate 90, Highway 61 near Dresbach Bridge for Installations (PDF, 209 KB, 1 Page)

May 16, 2015: Brief Closure of Interstate 90 near Dresbach Bridge Planned for May 17 Power Line Removal (PDF, 206 KB, 1 Page)

May 9, 2014: Distracted Driving Awareness Continues Even Though Month has Passed (PDF,  260 KB, 2 Pages)

May 9, 2014: Lane changes begin for Interstate 90 and Highway 61 traffic at Dresbach Bridge (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page) 

May 5, 2014:  Temporary Highway 61 ramp closure at Interstate 90 scheduled Tuesday at Dresbach (PDF, 203 KB, 1 Page)

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 (PDF, 204 KB, 1 Page)

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)

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