Phase 1 of the Highway 61 reconstruction project well underway in Red Wing

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 28, 2015

The Highway 61/Main Street reconstruction project has lead to some disruption of traffic through downtown Red Wing. The Phase 1 portion of the project began last week. Work will occur between Old West Main Street and Broad Street will include lane closures on Highway 61 from Fulton Street to Bush Street for installation of temporary traffic signals and utility work at West Avenue.

Access from side streets is expected to be closed and will change as construction progresses along the roadway. Detours will be signed. Phase 1 is scheduled for completion on Aug. 21, 2015. The City of Red Wing Engineering Department has released the map, pictured above, to help explain some of the traffic flow changes. Construction will begin on southbound Highway 61 first, starting at East Avenue and ending at Old West Main Street. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation says construction on the northbound lanes will follow, starting at Old West Main and ending at Broad Street. A truck detour for Highway 61 is planned for Goodhue County Road 66 (Pioneer Road). It is expected to begin after May 5.

The two-year, $9.7 million road reconstruction project is being led city of Red Wing and includes utility improvements, traffic signal and corridor aesthetic upgrades. Meyer Contracting of Maple Grove, Minnesota, is the prime contractor.

The contractor, MnDOT, Bolton & Menk, and city of Red Wing staff are holding weekly construction meetings that are open to the public. Meetings are at noon on Tuesday’s in the City Hall council chambers, 315 W. Fourth Street.

Periodic e-mail updates for the TH 61/Main Street Reconstruction project are available by sending an e-mail to hwy61.reconstruction@ci.red-wing.mn.us . Request that your name be added. Visit the project website for additional information www.red-wing.org/th61home.html

MnDOT urges motorists in work zones to stay alert, watch for signs, equipment and workers , minimize distractions, avoid tailgating, follow posted speed limits and directional signs, stay in one lane while driving through a work zone .

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