City of Red Wing

TH 61 Reconstruction - Background

Downtown Main StreetThe City of Red Wing in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has initiated the Highway 61 (Main Street) Project focused on developing a plan for the reconstruction of State Highway 61 between Old West Main Street and Potter Street in downtown Red Wing.  MnDOT awarded the City Municipal Agreement funding to repair the roadway surface of this section of Highway 61 in 2015/2016.  The City then obtained additional funding through MnDOT’s Corridor Investment Management Strategies program to expand the scope of the pavement reconstruction project to also include improvements to safety, streetscape, pedestrian movements and utilities.


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The City of Red Wing and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) would like to inform you that the second and final year of the reconstruction of TH 61 has been completed.  The final project signal and roadway striping work was completed this week allowing for the full reopening of the highway.  In addition, the regional truck detour is planned to be removed in full, marking the restoration of all traffic along both directions of TH 61.  A special thanks to all those effected for their patience and cooperation as this challenging multiyear project comes to a close.


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The City of Red Wing has completed a number of previous planning efforts related to the community as a whole, the Highway 61 corridor and the downtown area.  The Highway 61 Red Wing Project will reference and build upon each of these previous efforts where possible.  Below are links to more information about each of these plans:


Imagine Red Wing - RW Comprehensive Plan

“The Community Vision for the City of Red Wing is to capture the vibrancy of growth while preserving and enhancing the city’s unique historic and natural environmental character.”




 Downtown Action Plan

 “Improve pedestrian crossings of Highway 61; Connect pedestrians to River; Preserve Main Street Storefront Viability…to become more sustainable and attractive to residents and visitors; thus establishing downtown Red Wing as a premier historic river town.”



Streets Policy


 The City of Red Wing adopted a Complete Streets Policy in 2011.  A Complete Streets Community is one where streets are safe, convenient and pleasant for all users.




 2011 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan



"The intent of this plan is to transform Red Wing into a community where choosing to walk or bicycle is a safe, convenient and enjoyable recreation and transportation option for all users."