Construction is set to begin Monday, May 11, on Winona State University’s new Pedestrian Tunnels.

The tunnels project will create two pedestrian railway underpasses, one at Winona Street between the New Residence Halls and one at Johnson Street near the entrance to Maxwell Field, to improve pedestrian safety near the railroad tracks.

The project will be completed in several phases. Kraemer North America has been contracted by Canadian Pacific Railway to install box culverts under the tracks, starting on the north side of the tracks then moving to the south side. No street or intersection closures are planned as part of the project, but neighbors should expect some noise disruption during each initial phase of construction.

Following the completion of this work in August, WSU will work with a general contractor to complete the construction of the approaches, ramps and stairs at each tunnel entrance, along with landscaping and site security improvements extending along the tracks to create a safe environment.

The project is a joint venture between WSU, CP Rail and Minnesota Department of Transportation, and has been under development since 2008. To view an animated concept video of the Pedestrian Tunnels project, visit:

For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.

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