Winona Bridge: Informative infographs and livestreams
I recently wrote a two-part series about the Winona Bridge project and how the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Winona were keeping the public informed on the project’s progress. “Your public involvement toolkit: Part 1” discussed different forum and intrapersonal outreach methods, and “Your public involvement toolkit: Part 2” focused on visual media efforts.
Not only is the bridge’s progress coming along, but the project is already seen as a success because of the public’s involvement at every stage. MnDOT released this infographic which outlines their various methods of public involvement while also describing the effectiveness of these methods.
Additionally, MnDOT has released a livestream image of the bridge’s construction. Every 20 minutes, two cameras produce new pictures of the bridge’s progress. This tool provides citizens with the ability to view the bridge’s progress in real time from a safe and convenient location.
MnDOT has gone above and beyond to keep the citizens of Winona as knowledgeable to the project’s progress as possible. Keeping citizens informed of project updates, road blocks and detours is of the utmost importance for any public involvement component. MnDOT has given the public not only a number of different access points, but unique and interactive ones as well.
About the Author
Jay Wheaton, PE, is a transportation engineer with a wide variety of construction management experience from two-lane rural highways to complex urban streets, as well as freeway and bridge projects. He is currently serving as the office manager on the construction administration team for the TH 43 Interstate Bridge project. Jay is committed to providing high quality work exceeding clients’ expectations.
Mead & Hunt’s Bob Frame and Christina Slattery also served on the project’s Visual Quality Review Committee. This group was responsible for preserving the aesthetic integrity of the project while seeing the finished product matched the historic characteristics of downtown Winona.
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