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March 30, 2023

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Withers Harbor Dr. in Red Wing to close April 4 for Hwy 61 bridge replacement preparation

RED WING, Minn. – Motorists who use Withers Harbor Dr. will need to find alternate routes in Red Wing beginning Tuesday, April 4 as construction crews prepare the Highway 61 bridge for traffic changes that are part of the bridge replacement project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The work will be taking place under the bridge, which will close Withers Harbor Drive to through traffic during the week and reopen on Friday, April 7. However, motorists will be able to reach destinations there by using alternate routes. Earlier this month, crews completed tree-cutting work that’s part of the construction preparation.

The closure of Withers Harbor Drive to through traffic will continue again on Monday, April 10 and continue until the work is completed. An additional closure will occur on Monday, April 24 for bridge demolition.

A MnDOT contractor is scheduled to begin construction April 17 to replace the two bridges at Withers Harbor Drive in Red Wing. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

During the project, crews will:

  • Replace the Hwy 61 bridges over Withers Harbor Dr. and Hay Creek in Red Wing.
  • Reconstruct the approaches to the bridge from Bench St. to Withers Harbor Dr. and make other road improvements.

Once construction begins in April, motorists will not be able to make left turns off of Hwy 61 but will be able to follow alternate routes that allow them to make turns, typically right turns, to reach the destinations off the highway. Additionally, motorists won’t be able to make left turn from southbound Bench Street to southbound Highway 61 during the construction project.

To learn more about this project or others along Hwy 61, go to mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy61, where you can also sign up for email and text message updates, and review information.

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