Progress continues on both Highway 61 and Levee Road as River City Days draws near. During Tuesday’s weekly construction update meeting, project managers said Bush Street and Levee Road will be more accessible during Red Wing’s annual summer festival.
“The plan for River City Days is to have Levee Road, the new trails open and the parking lots all open,” City Engineer Jay Owens said. “We will have the regular access points at Withers Harbor Drive, Jackson Street and Broad Street.”
The north side of Bush Street, near the St. James Hotel, will be open during the festival weekend, allowing right turn in and out of the intersection.
“We thought it would be a nice outlet during the busy weekend,” said Cory Bienfang, project engineer with Bolton & Menk.
Bienfang said drivers will be in the same traffic control configuration through River City Days. “The following week we hope to switch traffic to the outside lanes to be able to pour the center lane,” he said.
Work on Levee Road near Broad Street will be pausing for the River City Days weekend.
“Levee Park parking lot will remain gravel until after River City Days,” Owens said. “We are also having to fit work into the riverboat schedule to finish the job off near Broad Street.”
Ryan Blake, with Meyer Contracting, reported that intersection tiebacks have been completed from Plum Street and Bush Street back to the existing asphalt. The Plum Street intersection is now fully open, allowing crews to complete Potter Street. Concrete work for both projects will be continuing for three to four weeks.
“A lot of pours will be happening,” Blake said. “We’re sharing resources between Highway 61 and Levee projects, so as one area cures out, we can move over to another need.”
Blake forecasted three to four weeks remaining on Highway 61 and four weeks to the finish on Levee Road.
“Signage, railings and street lights will follow as sidewalk pours are completed,” Blake said.Pedestrian caution
Project managers reminded pedestrians that the Bush Street intersection is a solid green light. “There were so many people using that intersection anyway, we decided to provide signage for drivers to yield to pedestrians, but there is no signal for pedestrian crossing,” Owens said. “Be aware and use caution that you are crossing traffic that does not stop.”