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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Highway 61 Open to Hansen’s Harbor, But Closed, Detoured North for Construction.

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Contact: Jay Owens
City Engineer/Engineering Director
Engineering Department

(August 10, 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 open to Hansen’s Harbor, but closed, detoured north for construction.

LAKE CITY, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 61 north of Lake City can directly reach Hansen’s Harbor on the highway beginning August 8, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The road remains closed at the Wells Creek bridge, which is expected to be completed in late August. Motorists traveling to Frontenac or Red Wing from either direction should use the detour route. Wells Creek bridge and Ski Road/296th Street intersection are still closed.

Ski Road/296th remains closed until early September. The closure means people traveling from Red Wing to Frontenac businesses, residences or the state park 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 north.  Motorists from Lake City traveling to Frontenac businesses, residences or the state park should follow Goodhue County Road 5 west to Goodhue County Road 2 north into Frontenac. Motorists traveling to Mount Frontenac Golf Course should use the detour when traveling from Lake City. Motorists from Red Wing continue to reach the golf course from Highway 61.

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 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. 

Traffic impacts

  • Motorists who don't need to access properties in the work zone should use Goodhue County Road 5 in Lake City and Highway 58 in Red Wing to detour around the project site.
  • A Goodhue County Road 2 detour in Frontenac will allow access for residents and businesses as well as those trying to reach Frontenac State Park during construction. 
  • Bicyclists following the Mississippi River Trail will follow the same detour routes as vehicles.


Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving).
  • Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones.

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