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Posted on: April 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Traffic Changes Postponed by Weather for Hwy 61 Bridge Replacement Project

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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2023

Contact: Jay Owens, P.E.
City Engineer/Engineering Director
Engineering Department


The City of Red Wing would like to inform the public that the following notification has been received from the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Traffic changes postponed by weather for Hwy 61 bridge replacement project in Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. – Traffic changes related to the Highway 61 Withers Harbor Bridge replacement project in Red Wing have been postponed by weather conditions until Tuesday, April 25, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

From 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 to 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, Highway 61 traffic will be in single lanes in each direction in the southbound lanes. Withers Harbor Drive will be open. Once completed, traffic will be switched back to single lane traffic in northbound and southbound lanes for the remainder of the week.

 The work is dependent on weather, so plans may be postponed depending on conditions. MnDOT will announce any weather-related changes.

 After that work is completed, Highway 61 traffic will be switched to single lane traffic in the southbound lanes and remain this way until the end of August. Withers Harbor Drive will be closed again and remain closed for several weeks, at least until bridge demolition is completed.

Motorists will not be able to make left turns off Highway 61 but will be able to follow alternate routes that allow them to make turns, typically right turns, to reach the destinations off the highway.

Motorists won’t be able to make left turn from southbound Bench St. to southbound Highway 61.

 To learn more about this project or others along Hwy 61, go to, where you can also sign up for email and text message updates, and review information. 

 Stay connected, informed 



Mike Dougherty
Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 6, Rochester
Director of Communications, Public Engagement


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