Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 61 Resurfacing

North of Lake City to South of Red Wing

About this project

Hwy 61 projects open house

Attend an in-person open house to learn more about several projects happening on Hwy 61 in the Red Wing area:

Open house details

  • Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Location: Foot Room, Red Wing Public Library
  • Address: 225 East Ave., Red Wing
View Hwy 61 flyover video

Flyover video

A flyover video demonstrating the improvements planned for this stretch of Hwy 61 is available to view.

Feedback is encouraged and can be provided through the comments tab. The project manager is also available for questions.

Summary of work

A project is being planned to resurface approximately 10 miles of Hwy 61 from Lake City to Red Wing. Each day approximately 8,000 drivers rely on Hwy 61 to travel to and from work, school and home and transport goods to regional destinations. The highway is in need of updates to restore the life of the aging road.

Hwy 61 Resurfacing Map
Hwy 61 resurfacing map

In a process called mill and overlay, MnDOT will remove (or mill) a 1.5-inch layer of pavement from the road and then repave it (or overlay) with a new, three-inch layer of asphalt. This process will provide a smoother road surface for motorists and restore the life of the aging highway. Pavement markings will also be updated, improving safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

The project will also include adding passing lanes near Frontenac to reduce congestion and allow an area for safer passing between Lake City and Red Wing. To create the bypass lanes, MnDOT will turn an intersection at the western end of 296th St. into a cul-de-sac.

MnDOT will also realign some intersections so that vehicles waiting to enter or cross Hwy 61 will have improved visibility, widen the road in multiple places to accommodate a bike lane, upgrade guardrails, and complete bridge maintenance.

A flyover video demonstrating the improvements planned for this stretch of Hwy 61 is available to view.

Proposed work

  • Resurface approximately 10 miles of Hwy 61 from Lake City to Red Wing
  • Add passing lanes in both directions near Frontenac
  • Turn the intersection at the western end of 296th St. into a cul-de-sac to accommodate the passing lane
  • Realign intersections to improve visibility
  • Widen the road in multiple places to accommodate a bike lane
  • Upgrade guardrails
  • Complete bridge maintenance
  • Update pavement markings to improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists

Traffic impacts

Lane closures will occur as a part of this project and detours of both the road and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) are anticipated. More details will be provided when the construction timeline is determined.