Hwy 61 traffic switch scheduled Oct. 10 as Red Wing Bridge project progresses
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hwy 61 traffic south of the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will be switched to the new southbound lanes on Tuesday, Oct. 10 as crews begin work on the new northbound Hwy 61 lanes, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
The work is part of the effort to complete the new Hwy 61 and button hook signalized intersection so it is ready to activate early next spring when the slip ramp on the Red Wing side of the bridge is closed.
Traffic will remain open during this work on Hwy 61, but motorists will travel in single lanes in each direction in the new southbound lanes. The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge remains open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures.
MnDOT and WisDOT also remind the public that although Levee Park is open to the public, the construction zone between Levee Park and the city of Red Wing wastewater treatment plant is not. It is part of the construction zone. Please stay out of this very congested construction zone both during work hours and after hours as well.
Additionally, private businesses, such as the Island Campground & Marina in Hager City, Wis., are only accessible to the campground customers. The campground owners ask that the public remember to not venture onto its property unless they are registered guests, or checking in to visit registered guests or conducting business with the campground.
This project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic Highway 63 Bridge over Highway 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. The prime contractor on this $63.4 million construction project is Zenith Tech. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by fall of 2019.
To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/. You can also follow a Facebook page for this project at https://www.facebook.com/RedWingBridgeProject/.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.