Minnesota Department of Transportation

MnDOT will now send notifications about winter driving conditions

Nov 11, 2020
Motorists are now able to get text message or email alerts for winter driving conditions for state highways in the 11 counties of southeast Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The new alerts are aimed at people who typically drive or want to be aware of situations,...

Paving progress on Section 3

Oct 14, 2020
An aerial photo by Steve Brown taken Saturday, Oct. 10 shows bituminous surface covering much of Section 3 of the Highway 61 reconstruction project. The most recent project update email from the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the project was on track for completion by early November,...

A look back at a popular look-out

Oct 7, 2020
Photos provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) show how little the Lake City concourse, now undergoing restoration work, has changed over the years. Constructed between 1938 and 1940 by the National Youth Administration and the Minnesota Highway Department, the concourse...

The other project on Lakeshore Drive

Sep 30, 2020
The Lake City concourse leading to Government Pier is closed while undergoing repairs. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) project website, the project will restore the stone overlook and stone walls, repair flagstone paving, and interpretive elements. Another part of...

MnDOT proposes end to weekly highway meetings

Sep 23, 2020
Citing less frequent changes to report on the Highway 61 reconstruction project, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Public Engagement Coordinator Cindy Morgan said MnDOT was proposing to make Sept. 29 the last of the weekly 8 a.m. Tuesday public project update meetings. Instead, she...

Bridge repair closes highway lane south of Frontenac

Sep 16, 2020
U.S. Hwy. 61 at the bridge south of Frontenac is one lane while crews repair bridge joints, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The project will be complete Sept. 24, weather permitting. Traffic signals will be used to direct traffic in a single lane through the project....

People asked to stay off new grass

Sep 16, 2020
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Public Engagement Coordinator Cindy Morgan relayed a message from contractor Rochester Sand and Gravel at the Sept. 15 Highway 61 construction update meeting: Keep off the grass. Newly-seeded grass is growing in many areas along the project, and they...

Highway project nearly two-thirds complete

Sep 2, 2020
It was a short update meeting for the Highway 61 reconstruction project Tuesday, Sept. 1. Rochester Sand and Gravel Public Information Officer Dick Swenke announced that the project was 65 percent complete overall and that the third and final section of the project was 35 percent complete. In the...

Contractor - Highway project 60 percent complete

Aug 26, 2020
Section 2 of the Highway 61 reconstruction project in Lake City opened as projected Aug. 19, and the third and final detour stage went into effect. Highway 61 traffic can now travel through downtown from Lyon Avenue southward. The detour now runs along Lyon Avenue, North 10th Street, and Grant...

Project hits milestone as Section 2 reopens

Aug 19, 2020
The third layer of bituminous paving went down Tuesday. On Wednesday temporary lines were to be painted and then, probably by early or mid-afternoon, several blocks of Highway 61 were expected to reopen in downtown Lake City. It hadn’t happened yet as of this writing, but if it goes as planned, it...

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