Minnesota Department of Transportation—Highway 61/Main Street Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Red Wing recognized a need for pavement improvements on Highway 61 on city’s Main Street while also giving pedestrians easier access and additional safety protection across Highway 61. The $9.7 million project took place in the historic river town’s downtown, a crossroads of sort, connecting bicycle trails, pedestrians, a river port and an Amtrak station. MnDOT recommended and supported the city in two grants that provided bump outs and other traffic calming devices and helped the project change from a mill and overlay into a full reconstruction. MnDOT was able to split the project in two shorter construction seasons to not heavily impact the fall tourist season.MnDOT.jpg