In 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Highway 61 from Highway 42 to north of Lake City. As part of this project, MnDOT, in partnership with the City of Wabasha, will be improving safety access on the highway by constructing several reduced conflict intersections (RCIs).
Summary of work
Highway 61 will be resurfaced with blacktop in the summer of 2019. Some crossings of Highway 61 will be closed and reduced conflict intersections will be constructed through Wabasha.
Culverts will be replaced and/or repaired to address drainage issues.
Pedestrian facilities will be upgraded in Lake City to meet current ADA Standards.
During the resurfacing work, often called a mill and overlay, traffic will be reduced to single lane traffic where the work is taking place. Intersections will have brief closures when the paving operation moves past them, which allows the blacktop to achieve a desired strength.
Highway 61 traffic will be detoured for approximately one month between Wabasha and Lake City on Wabasha County Roads 4 and 10 in order to complete culvert replacements.
Lane closures for the RCIs will occur at the intersections of Highway 60, Shields Avenue, and County 30 (Bruegger Valley Road) during the work through Wabasha. Eventually side street traffic will not be able to cross all four lanes at these locations. To learn more about RCIs go to MnDOT's website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/rci/