LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The project to build a new, I-90 bridge over the Mississippi River near Dresbach is proceeding on schedule, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday.
At a news conference held at the Kwik Trip headquarters in La Crosse, MnDOT workers said there had so far been no major glitches with building the new bridge. The project is set to be completed by 2017. When it's done, the current bridge will be knocked down.
Mark Anderson, the bridge project's manager, said the price tag is currently estimated at just under $188-million. Although that could change down the road.
Starting in November, traffic on the current bridge will return to the pre-construction norm of two ways in both directions.
The west and east bound lanes of I-90 have been reduced to one lane each for months.
Commuters who regularly use exit one, into La Crescent, will also notice a significant change starting next year.
Anderson said the exit will be closed starting in 2014 and remain shut down through 2015 while construction crews work on the new bridge.
Drivers from the west who normally use the La Crescent exit will be asked to proceed to the Dresbach exit as a detour.
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