Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 13, 2020

Hwy 61 lane closures planned April 15 for patching work on Hwy 63 bridge in Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. — Hwy 61 motorists can expect lane closures April 15 as crews patch areas of the Hwy 63 bridge over Hwy 61 near the Red Wing Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Crews will be removing the falsework and patching the holes where the form supports were on the bridge over Hwy 61.

Work will take place through the day with the right lanes being closed first and then moving to the inside or left lanes. Motorists should use slower speeds and remain attentive through the temporary work zone on the Red Wing side of the Red Wing Bridge project. Work is expected to be done by the end of the day.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. MnDOT is being as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the effects on motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

The new Eisenhower Bridge of Valor opened to traffic in November, but construction work has continued on the new bridge with work on lighting and bridge aesthetics, as well as work on the pedestrian and bicycle path. Other work on the project in 2020 includes completion of the connecting roads on the Wisconsin side, removal of the road that connected to the 1960 bridge and removal of a small temporary bridge over Hwy 61. Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., is the prime contractor.

The $63.4 million Hwy 63 bridge construction project includes building a new bridge to replace the Hwy 63 bridge, replacing the slip ramp over Hwy 61, reconstructing approach roads in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. The project is scheduled to be completed Aug. 20.

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