City of Red Wing

TH 61 Reconstruction (Old West Main to Potter Streets)

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.

We thank you for your patience and overall cooperation as the first of two stages of the project is considered complete.  Stage 2 from Broad Street to east of Potter Street is anticipated to begin in spring 2016.

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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.

Tom Hughes interviews City of Red Wing Engineer Jay Ownes about the construction project starting in April 2015

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 Hwy 61 Traffic Movements - 08-26-16



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Scope of Work

  • New sanitary sewer main and service lines
  • New water main and service lines
  • New storm sewer
  • New street pavement
  • Street lighting and traffic signal upgrades
  • streetscape improvements


Project Schedule

  • Preliminary Design - September 2013 to April 2014
  • Environmental Permitting – April 2014 to December 2014
  • Final Design – April 2014 to December 2014
  • City Council Municipal Consent Public Hearing - January 2015
  • Project Advertisement for Bids - January 2015
  • Project Letting - February 2015
  • Project Award/Notice to Proceed - April 2015
  • 2015 Construction (Old West Main to Broad Street) - April/May to End of August, 2015
  • 2016 Construction (Broad Street to Potter Street) - April/May to End of August 2016
  • Project Completion - End of August, 2016


Traffic Impacts

  • Road Closures, Detours.  See Map Above


Project Purpose

The purpose of the Highway 61 (Main Street) Project is to identify and evaluate project area issues, needs and opportunities and, through a public process, agree on what the 2015/2016 reconstruction project should include.  Project components that may be considered include:

  • Safety Improvements – opportunities for access modifications, traffic signal upgrades, narrowed roadway crossings
  • Streetscape Improvements – consistent with the City’s adopted 2011 Complete Streets Policy, may include narrower travel lanes, trees, boulevards/medians, bike/pedestrian amenities, gateway and historic district identity features, etc.
  • Pedestrian Improvements – bumpouts, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades, additional crossing locations, potential for development of a pedestrian plaza
  • Utility Replacement – the project will include replacement of aging water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities


Project Need

The need for improvements to Highway 61 beyond pavement repair include:

  • Utilities and infrastructure are aging – some of the water and sewer utilities under Highway 61 date back to the early 1900s and are beginning to fail
  • Safety and mobility issues exist – there are numerous accesses and heavy traffic volumes (23,000 vehicles per day)
  • Connections from the neighborhoods to the river, across Highway 61, are lacking and/or difficult
  • Aesthetics to support commerce and tourism in the downtown and surrounding commercial areas are limited


Project Goals

The project goals were drawn from the City's 2009 Downtown Action Plan


Contact Us

Aaron Warford
Bolton & Menk, Inc. Project Manager
Jay Owens
City of Red Wing City Engineer/Project Manager