Red Wing traffic delays expected May 14 at Plum Street-Third Street for construction
ROCHESTER, Minn. —Motorists at Plum Street (Hwy 58) and Third Street in downtown Red Wing will encounter traffic delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, May 14 as construction crews conduct utility work and remove pavement and sidewalks, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
Traffic will be directed through a single lane at the intersection with flaggers, meaning delays are likely. Motorists should seek alternate routes on Monday, May 14, if traffic backups occur in the work area. Pedestrians and motorists will have access to all businesses along the route.
The Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge remains open during this work.
Earlier this season Third Street between Plum and Potter streets in Red Wing was closed. Third Street at Plum was turned into a three-way stop by closing the north side for construction this year and removing the traffic signal. Once completed in October, the newly constructed intersection at Third and Plum will become a four-way stop. The signal system there has been removed permanently due to the anticipated traffic changes the new buttonhook ramp provides.
During the week of May 14-18, crews will be installing new pedestrian ramps and sidewalks to improve access for all sidewalk users on the west side of the Plum and Third intersection. The work should not affect traffic beyond the May 14 impacts.
Pedestrians will use alternate routes in the area of the sidewalk work.
Overall, the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp Hwy 63 Bridge over Hwy 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.
Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site 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.