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Posted on: October 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Red Wing Recipient of State Bonding Funding

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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2020

Contact: Marshall Hallock,
Administrative Business Director
Administration Department
City of Red Wing


Red Wing Recipient of State Bonding Funding


(October 19, 2020, Red Wing, Minn.) – On October 15, the Minnesota Senate passed the $1.87 billion jobs and infrastructure bonding bill.  

The bill (HF01) authorizes State General Obligation Bonding funds for various capital improvement and investment projects throughout the State, including the $10 million the City requested for constructing the Sturgeon Lake Road rail-grade separation project.  Governor Walz is expected to sign the bill next week for the final approval. 

The rail-grade crossing separation at Sturgeon Lake Road is a City of Red Wing project included in the bill. $10 million in funding will be used for right-of-way, environmental analysis, design, engineering, and constructing the new overpass bridge.  

In a 2014 report on the Improvements to Highway-Rail Crossings and Rail Safety from MnDOT, the Sturgeon Lake Road Overpass project was listed as one of the top three priority grade separation crossings in Minnesota, as blockages on high traffic railroad mainlines pose a risk to the local community. Since that 2014 study, two of the top priority projects have been completed, making the Sturgeon Lake Road Overpass project the new top priority grade separation crossing in Minnesota.

“We are very grateful for the State’s support in helping Red Wing fund this critical infrastructure project.  The railroad crossing is the most dangerous in Minnesota based on traffic volumes. If this project saves one life, it will pay for itself.” said Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing.  

“The City and the Prairie Island Indian Community have had this project as a priority for several years,” said Jay Owens, the City’s Engineering Director.   “The 2014 state study confirmed what we already knew; this railroad crossing is dangerous, and we need to eliminate the danger and the potential for a fatality at this crossing,” he continued.  

The City expects right-of-way acquisition and design work to be completed by October 2021, with a bid letting in December of 2021.  Construction would begin in early 2022, with final project completion in the fall of 2023.

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