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Highway 61 traffic will be detoured overnight Dec. 14 for bridge demolition work

Editor's note: Use your mouse to move around the 360-degree video captured Nov. 28, 2017, at the construction site of the new bridge. 

The date for the bridge demolition on the small Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61 south of the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation.

The detour route will take northbound Highway 61 traffic on Goodhue County Road 21/Flower Valley Road west to Highway 58, and then travel north on Highway 58 into Red Wing. Southbound motorists will follow the route in reverse.

The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open during this work. Residents and businesses along Highway 61 will still have access to their homes and businesses. Through traffic on Highway 61 south of the bridge will be detoured during the demolition work.

A portion of the existing bridge will be removed to install a temporary bridge between it and Barn Bluff. The work is being done by construction crews to prepare for a traffic switch in April 2018. The temporary bridge and the new button hook signalized intersection with Highway 61 are slated to be opened when the slip ramp on the Red Wing side of the bridge is closed from April 2018 to September 2019.

360-degree video by Michael Brun

This story was updated 3:42 p.m. Dec. 11, 2017