Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 reconstruct

Lake City

Project communication

MnDOT, City of Lake City, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Economic Development Authority and Rochester Sand and Gravel have collaborated to offer several communication channels to provide project updates and alerts to community members, businesses and visitors.

MnDOT communications team

The MnDOT District 6 Communications Team will be available at any time for questions, comments or concerns.
Cindy Morgan, Public Engagement Coordinator
Office: 507-286-7635
Cell: 507-951-6593
Email: cindy.morgan@state.mn.us
The communications department can also be reached during regular business hours through the main District 6 phone line at 507-286-7500

Construction public information officer

Dick Swenke is the on-site construction contact to serve as the daily liaison with businesses, community members and visitors to ensure access and to answer questions.
Cell: 507-259-4059
Email: dick.swenke@rochsg.com

Weekly public meetings

A virtual public meeting occurs every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. for the Lake City community and business owners to learn about the latest updates. Information to join the meeting virtually can be found on the Meetings page. During Governor Walz’s Stay at Home order, weekly public meetings will not be held in person to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

Construction website

This website will be used to share general information to the public about detours and construction updates.  It will be updates as construction progresses and include maps to assist in understanding the detours and how to continue accessing businesses and homes. 

Direct emails

This will be one of the most direct forms of communication and will be used to provide weekly updates and to send announcements.  Please sign up and encourage others, community members, and visitors, so they can also receive up to date information.

Chamber text messages

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce will utilize their text messaging service to alert local businesses with time sensitive updates and announcements.  To sign up, text “notify LakeCity” (no space between Lake and City) to 313131 or email Michelle Larson at lcchamber@lakecity.org.


The Lake City Highway 61 Reconstruction Project page, the MnDOT | Southeast Minnesota Facebook group, the Lake City Chamber of Commerce pag and the City of Lake City Public Works page and will work in collaboration to share project updates and messages.  Please monitor for information and share to your social media platforms and outlets.