Temporary bridge over Hwy 61 to connect new buttonhook ramp between March 30-April 1
RED WING, Minn. – Motorists using the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will have a different route to and from the bridge on the Minnesota side beginning sometime between March 30 and April 1, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
The slip ramp into Red Wing is scheduled to close at that time. Weather conditions may affect the timing of the closure. Highway 63 traffic will be switched onto the temporary bridge that is nearing completion and it will travel on the buttonhook ramp that was built last fall.
The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open during this work.
The new traffic signal on Highway 61 where the buttonhook connects will be activated at that time.
Inbound Highway 63 traffic from Wisconsin will cross the Eisenhower Bridge and use the temporary bridge, buttonhook ramp and Highway 61. For those in downtown Red Wing destined for Wisconsin, it will be the same route in reverse.
Motorists south of Red Wing on Highway 61 who want to travel to Wisconsin will stop at the new signal and can turn left onto the buttonhook ramp that connects to the Red Wing Bridge over the Mississippi River.
Motorists can consult a map of the new route on the MnDOT website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/pdfs/button-hook.pdf
When the slip ramp is closed, Third Street between Plum and Potter streets in Red Wing will also close. Third Street at Plum will be turned into a 3-way stop by closing the north side for construction this year.
During that time, the traffic signal system will be removed. Once completed in October, the newly constructed intersection at Third and Plum will become a 4-way stop. The existing signal system there is slated to be removed permanently due to the anticipated traffic changes the new buttonhook provides.
During the closing of Third Street between Plum and Potter, the crossing at Potter will be kept open at all times, except for periodic closures of the intersection for underground utility work. Pedestrians will use the south side of Potter to cross through the work area.
Overall, the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge project includes building a new bridge to replace the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp 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.
Learn more about the project or sign up for email updates at MnDOT’s project web site mndot.gov/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.