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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Highway 61 Closure at Ski Road intersection near Frontenac begins July 20

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Contact: Jay Owens
City Engineer/Engineering Director
Engineering Department

(July 19, 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.

Highway 61 Closure at Ski Road intersection near Frontenac begins July 20

LAKE CITY, Minn. – Highway 61 will be closed at the Ski Road intersection starting Thursday, July 20, near Frontenac as crews construct passing lanes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

The closure means people traveling from Red Wing to Frontenac on Highway 61 will need to use the detour – Highway 58 south of Red Wing to Goodhue County Road 5 east to Goodhue County Road 2. 

Passing lanes will be added in both directions at the Highway 61 and Ski Road intersection to reduce congestion and allow for safer passing. Construction is anticipated to be completed in late August, then Highway 61 will close at the Ski Road/Hill Avenue intersection for passing lanes to be constructed at that location.

This work is part of the project that is resurfacing approximately 10 miles of Highway 61 from Lake City to Red Wing. It also includes realigning some intersections to increase visibility, widening the road in multiple places to accommodate a bike lane, upgrading guardrails, and completing bridge maintenance. 

Construction near Hansen’s Harbor north of Lake City started July 5 and that work is estimated to be completed by early August. This area is closed – motorists can use the frontage road, east of Hwy 61, to access the Harbor and residential locations nearby. Wells Creek Bridge improvements started July 5 and are estimated to be completed mid-August. This area is closed to all traffic.

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