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Ferry-bus system established to deal with Winona Bridge closure

Starting Monday, a bus and ferry service will move people from western Wisconsin to Winona Minnesota.

That's after the city's only bridge over the Mississippi River was closed this week.

For three days, about 2,800 Wisconsinites have driven up to 100 miles out of their way to get to their jobs in Winona.

They'll pay $15 a week for a combined ferry-and-bus pass, or $5 for a one-time fee.

Officials are not sure how much it will cost. They'll worry about that later.

Tourist boats from La Crosse and Iowa will be used and city officials will announce today where the buses will stop. It's not known how long the bridge will be out of service.

It was shut down Tuesday, after rusty and corroded gusset plates were found during an inspection by Minnesota's Department of Transportation.

The inspection was finished Thursday and a repair plan will be announced by June 14.