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Winona Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #114819


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Winona Bridge Simulation

A simulated view of the new and old Winona bridges as they will function after construction of the new bridge and rehabilitation of the old bridge.

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Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on MN 43 in Winona
Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
Closed for rehabilitation
Future prospects
Parallel bridge complete carrying 2-way traffic while old bridge is thoroughly rehabilitated. Eventually, new bridge will handle westbound traffic, and old bridge will handle eastbound traffic.
Built 1941; rehabilitated 1985, 2008, and will be rehabilitated again in 2018
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota (South approach to Main Channel bridge)
- Minnesota Highway Department
- Wisconsin State Highway Commission
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 450.2 ft.
Total length: 2,288.5 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 30.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.05768, -91.64004   (decimal degrees)
44°03'28" N, 91°38'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/608928/4879178 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winona West
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
MN 5900 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20674 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 17, 2018: New photo from John Bernhisel
  • October 17, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge is entirely in Minnesota. Removed mention of Wisconsin.
  • January 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge now closed for rehab
  • February 8, 2016: New video from Roger Deschner
  • September 14, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • July 19, 2010: New photos from Nate Ahrensfeld
  • January 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge's fate is uncertain, likely will be replaced.
  • June 6, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record
  • June 4, 2008: Bridge failed inspection on June 3

Related Bridges 



Winona Bridge
Posted January 30, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently good news here. After some uncertainty over cost, MNDOT will rehab the main steel truss spans of the old bridge after all, but they'll completely replace the approach spans in what appears to be a compromise to keep the overall project within budget. They will be replaced one at a time to maintain contractor access for rehabbing the main steel truss spans at the same time. First Minnesota end, then Wisconsin. So it will indeed wind up as an old/new couplet of 1-way bridges.

I was just through Winona, and I drove across the new westbound bridge. It has opened to 2-way traffic until work on the old bridge is completed and it's reopened for eastbound traffic in 2019. Demolition work has begun on the west (Minnesota) approach spans.


Winona Bridge
Posted February 23, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Will Minnesota DOT renege on bridge promise?


Winona Bridge
Posted February 8, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here we see a fine two-bridge solution under construction. The new concrete box-girder bridge will carry westbound traffic, while the historic truss bridge will carry eastbound traffic. Temporarily, the new bridge will carry both directions, while the old bridge is closed for a thorough rehabilitation. The slim profile of the new bridge will not interfere much with sight lines of the historic truss bridge, especially from the south and the Downtown Winona riverfront.

I only wish such an arrangement could be worked out for a couple of other historic bridges facing demolition, such as Savannah-Sabula. http://bridgehunter.com/il/carroll/8600001777/

Winona Bridge
Posted October 22, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)
Winona Bridge
Posted October 17, 2013, by Jake (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's good they're keeping the old bridge. In MN, it's somewhat rare to see an old bridge and a new bridge side by side. The last old/newer bridge combo I can recall was the I-94 bridge over the St. Croix river that lasted till the mid-90's when the old bridge was demolished.

Winona Bridge
Posted October 17, 2013, by Don Morrison
Winona Bridge
Posted October 17, 2013, by Don Morrison

Sounds like they want a two bridge solution here, with a new girder bridge taking some of the load off this historic bridge. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/winonabridge/docs/ea....