Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 Resurfacing

Kellogg to Lake City


The detour portion of the Hwy 61 project begins July 15.

Hwy 61 motorists will encounter a detour for construction between Lake City and Reads Landing beginning July 15.
 Hwy 61 traffic will be detoured on Wabasha County roads 4 and 10 in order to complete culvert replacements.

Businesses at Reads Landing are open and may be accessed from the south end of the detour.

Local residents who live along the stretch being detoured will be able to use Hwy 61 to reach their residences. However, there is no through traffic. The first culverts are being replaced north of Reads Landing and south of Camp Lacupolis. Once those are complete, the crews will more north, so the route for residents to their homes will change as the culvert work progresses north. MnDOT will communicate when each culvert site begins.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, a MnDOT contractor, is replacing culverts at three locations along Hwy 61 between Lake City and Reads Landing from July 15 to Aug. 16.

Additionally, approximately 20 miles of Hwy 61 is being repaved between Kellogg and north of Lake City, but not in Lake City. At Wabasha, safety improvements are being constructed with reduced conflict intersections at the intersections of Highway 60, Shields Avenue, and County 30/Bruegger Valley Road near Wabasha.

The intersection at Hwys 61 and 60 at Wabasha will reopen to traffic on July 12.

About this project

I-494 Ramp Closures
Hwy 61 Resurfacing Project Map

In 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Hwy 61 from Hwy 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

Hwy 61 will be resurfaced with blacktop in the summer of 2019. Some crossings of Hwy 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.

Traffic impacts

  • 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.
  • Hwy 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. The detour is scheduled from July 15 - August 16, 2019.
  • Lane closures for the RCIs will occur at the intersections of Hwy 60, Shields Ave, and County 30 (Bruegger Valley Rd) 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 mndot.gov/roadwork/rci/.