From: Wayne Farmer
Four hundred miles downstream from us and 26 years ago, the city of Quincy, Illinois, was faced with a problem similar to ours. In their case, their Quincy Soldier’s Memorial Bridge, built over the Mississippi in 1928, was structually sound but unable to handle the increasing traffic on US-24. They chose to retain that bridge for eastbound traffic, and build a new one upstream for westbound traffic. The result was the Quincy Bayview Bridge, which is an attractive cable-stayed bridge. Cable-stayed bridges can be quite beautiful; at night the cables can be illuminated to give the look of a delicate fan, as in the case of the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway. I think the distinctive combination of a cable-stayed bridge next to our existing cantilever truss bridge would send a continuing message that Winona is a forward-looking city that honors its past.