Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 21, 2020

Overnight Hwy 61 detour planned beginning May 26 near downtown Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. — Hwy 61 traffic near the Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge of Valor in Red Wing will be detoured from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. May 26 through May 29 and again on June 1 while crews remove the temporary Hwy 63 bridge over Hwy 61, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.

Hwy 61 in downtown Red Wing at the bridge will be detoured. Drivers will not be able to go under the Hwy 63 bridge.

  • People traveling across the Hwy 63 river bridge to downtown Red Wing will use the slip ramp and Third Street
  • People traveling across the river and using eastbound Hwy 61 will detour using Third Street, Plum Street, 7th Street W, 7th Street E and Hwy 292. People using Hwy 61 to come into Red Wing from the east will follow the route in reverse  (see graphic below)
  • People traveling westbound on Hwy 61 to cross the bridge to Wisconsin will use the normal route of Hwy 61 to the signal at the buttonhook ramp  

Nearby neighborhoods are likely to hear overnight construction noise.
The Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge of Valor construction project includes building a new bridge to replace the former Hwy 63/Eisenhower Bridge, replacing the historic slip ramp and Hwy 63 Bridge over Hwy 61, reconstructing approach roadways in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing, and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. Work is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 20.

The new Eisenhower Bridge of Valor opened to traffic in November, but construction work has continued on the new bridge with work on lighting and bridge aesthetics, as well as work on the pedestrian and bicycle path. Other work on the project in 2020 includes completion of the connecting roads on the Wisconsin side, demolition of the old river crossing, removal of the road that connected to the 1960 bridge and removal of a small temporary bridge over Hwy 61. Zenith Tech, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., is the prime contractor.

The $63.4 million Hwy 63 bridge construction project includes building a new bridge to replace the Hwy 63 bridge, replacing the slip ramp over Hwy 61, reconstructing approach roads in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving access to Red Wing and upgrading pedestrian and bicyclist crossings. The project is scheduled to be completed Aug. 20.

MnDOT reminds motorists entering work zones that safety is the responsibility of all:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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