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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jay Owens, P.E.City Engineer/Engineering DirectorEngineering Department651.email@example.com
(July 14, 2023, Red Wing, Minn.) – The City of Red Wing would like to inform the public that the following notification has been received from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
RED WING, Minn. – Highway 61 motorists in Red Wing can expect 15-minute traffic stoppages beginning each night at 7 p.m. July 17-July 19 as concrete bridge beams are delivered and set for the Highway 61 Withers Harbor Bridge replacement site, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Four large concrete beams will be delivered to the Withers Harbor Bridge each night. Construction crews expect the process to take three to four hours. Traffic in both directions on the southbound bridge will be stopped for approximately 15 minutes so crews can lift a beam off the truck and set them onto the bridge. Once the beam is set, they will let traffic clear out and start the next beam. State Patrol will be directing traffic during the process.
The contractor intends to close Withers Harbor starting July 18 and keep it closed for 2-3 weeks until the crews have poured the concrete bridge deck above the road.
Motorists are reminded they are not 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 their destinations off the highway.
Motorists also can’t make a left turn from southbound Bench Street to southbound Highway 61.
To learn more about this project or others along Highway 61, go to MnDOT’s corridor website, where you can also sign up for email and text message updates, and review information.
MnDOT advises motorists to slow down and drive with caution.