Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 28, 2017

Red Wing Bridge Project plans overnight Hwy 61 detour on Dec. 14 for bridge demolition work

RED WING, Minn. The date for the bridge demolition on the small Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61 south of the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation.

The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open during this work. Residents and businesses along Highway 61 will still have access to their homes and businesses. Through traffic on Highway 61 south of the bridge will be detoured during the demolition work.

A portion of the existing bridge will be removed to install a temporary bridge between it and Barn Bluff. The work is being done by construction crews to prepare for a traffic switch in April 2018.  The temporary bridge and the new button hook signalized intersection with Highway 61 are slated to be opened when the slip ramp on the Red Wing side of the bridge is closed from April 2018 to September 2019.

The Highway 61 detour will be from 6 p.m., Dec. 12 to 6 a.m., Dec. 13. If work isn’t completed during that time it will be resumed at 6 p.m., Dec. 13 until completed. The detour route will take northbound Highway 61 traffic on Goodhue County Road 21/Flower Valley Road west to Highway 58, and then travel north on Highway 58 into Red Wing. Southbound motorists will follow the route in reverse.

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.

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 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.