Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 3, 2018

Three overnight Hwy 61 detours for demolition work planned in Red Wing April 10-12

RED WING, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 61 near the Highway 63/ Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will be detoured during three nights April 10-12 as construction crews demolish the remainder of the slip ramp bridge over Highway 61, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open during this work. The work is only expected to affect Highway 61. However, motorists traveling to or from downtown Red Wing will need to use the Highway 61 detour since the new buttonhook has been opened and drivers will not be able to go underneath the Highway 61 bridge..

Beginning on April 10, the remaining portion of the small ramp bridge over Highway 61 will be removed in three successive nights, weather permitting. An earlier portion of the slip ramp was removed to install a temporary bridge. Motorists will use the temporary bridge, which opened to traffic on March 30. The temporary bridge over Highway 61 connects to the new button hook signalized intersection with Highway 61.

The Highway 61 detour will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., on April 10-1210. Traffic on Highway 61 will be closed during that eight-hour period, but will reopen in time for morning commute and daily traffic.

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. Again, traffic using the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge to/from downtown Red Wing will need to use the detour because of the slip ramp’s closure and demolition impacts to Highway 61 traffic. A map of the detour can be found at the MnDOT project website at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/index.html.

The slip ramp will be closed until September 2019.

Third Street between Plum and Potter streets in Red Wing also closed on March 30. Third Street at Plum was turned into a 3-way stop by closing the north side for construction this year.  The traffic signal system is also being 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.   The first closure of this Potter crossing of Third Street is scheduled for this Wednesday, with Thursday as a weather backup day.

See mndot.gov/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/pdfs/thirdstreetclosure.pdf for more information.

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 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.