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Feb. 3, 2023

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Watch for tree cutting work Feb. 6-10 on Hwy 61 between Lake City and Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. – Highway 61 motorists between Lake City and Red Wing should be alert Feb. 6-10 for shoulder and lane closures while crews are cutting trees and clearing the wood in preparation for an upcoming summer construction project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The tree-cutting work is scheduled from Feb. 6-10. Crews will be closing the shoulder of the road while cutting trees and then using lane closures with flaggers during the cleanup and removal of the downed trees. The clearing is necessary in select areas to make room for construction. The work is being done now so it doesn’t disrupt nesting of northern long-eared bats in spring.

This is preparation work for a MnDOT contractor to begin work July 5 to resurface the road north of Lake City to south of Red Wing. 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 Highway 61 will have improved visibility, widen the road in multiple places to accommodate a bike lane, upgrade guardrails, and complete bridge maintenance. A detour will be in place from July 5 through Sept. 16 north of Lake City. The project is expected to be complete by Oct. 25.

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