Have you ever wondered what goes into the construction of a bridge, especially a major one? Think of the physics, engineering and overall logistics involved to build a bridge. Beth Cunningham, project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, will answer some of those questions during her presentation, “St. Croix Crossing: The New Bridge Near Stillwater,” at UW-Barron County on May 11, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234). Her talk is part of the campus’ Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series and will be the last one of the spring semester.
Cunningham has been involved in the St. Croix Crossing project since 2010. She leads the design of the Wisconsin roadway approaches west to the Minnesota border. It is a joint project with Minnesota Department of Transportation to replace the existing Stillwater lift bridge, which was constructed in the 1930s and now is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Construction of the new structure has been ongoing since 2013. The bridge is expected to be open to traffic in fall 2017.
Cunningham also manages transportation projects in Barron, Polk, Burnett, St. Croix, Washburn and Douglas counties. She is a 1998 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with a civil engineering degree, and has been with the Wisconsin DOT since 2000.
Thursdays @ the U Series presentations are free, open to the public and sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-Barron County is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-8176.