Highway 61 lane closures, overnight detour planned Aug. 1-4 in La Crescent for pedestrian bridge installation

LA CRESCENT, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 61 in La Crescent will experience lane closures Aug. 1-4 and an overnight detour Aug. 4 as crews install a pedestrian bridge over the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the northbound right lane and turn lane of Hwy 61/14, north of the intersection with South Third Street and Hwy 61/14/16, will be closed. The lane closure will be in effect through the end of the day on Thursday, Aug. 4.

On Thursday night, Aug. 4, there will be detours of traffic on Hwy 61/14.

  • Southbound Hwy 61/14 traffic planning to continue south on Hwy 16 or travel east on Hwy 61/14/16 to La Crosse will be detoured left onto South Chestnut Street, then travel south under the highway and reconnect with Hwy 16 where motorists can either travel left or right to continue to their destinations. This detour will be in place from 11 p.m., Thursday to 1 a.m., Friday.
  • Northbound Hwy 16 traffic or westbound Hwy 61/14/16 traffic headed toward Interstate 90 will need to turn onto South Chestnut Street south of the intersection and follow it north to reconnect with the highway. This detour will be in place from 8 p.m., Thursday to 4 a.m., Friday.

Barricades and detour signs along the route will be in place for motorists.


  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.


Stay connected, informed


Mike Dougherty

Director of Public Engagement and Communications

MnDOT, District 6, Rochester


Twitter: @mndotsoutheast


August 2nd, 2022|


The following is an update from the City Engineer, Tim Hruska regarding the Wagon Wheel Bridge install:

The bridge and truss structure that will span the highway is expected to be delivered at 10:00 am on August 1st.  Below is the expected timing for the week

August 1st 9:00 am – Setup lane/shoulder closure for Northbound lanes.

August 1st 10:00 am – Delivery of bridge.  Three trucks will be coming from the North and turn around at the South 14th Street intersection.  Local Public Works and the Police Department will assist with any temporary traffic control to facilitate the turning and movement of all three trucks at one time.  Two trucks will stage along the East side of Highway 16 South of 3rd Street until the previous truck has been unloaded at the construction site.

August 1st -4th – Bridge and arch assembly will take place on the shoulder of highway 16

August 4th at 8 pm – The North bound lane of Highway 16 will be closed and a detour will be set up for north bound traffic only.  The crane will be set up at this time and will take approximately 3 hours.

August 4th at 11 pm – Traffic lanes will be closed in both directions and detours will be put in place.  The bridge will be lifted, installed, and rigging will be disconnected.  Anticipate this to take 2 hours.

August 5th at 1:00 am – Open South bound traffic.  Begin teardown of crane.  Approximate time is 3 hours.

August 5th at 4:00 am – Open North bound traffic.

A link for the detour plan can be found below.  After the bridge is installed, the Contractor will begin forming for the bridge deck.  The deck will be poured with concrete after installation is completed.  As with any type of construction, weather can have an impact.  The City will update once we know of any potential changes.

La Crescent Detour Map During Wagon Wheel Bridge Installation

Thank you

July 26th, 2022|


The following event is being held at the La Crescent Community Building on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
The Minnesota Tree Steward program is designed for people who love trees, enjoy being outdoors, and want to volunteer with their community. In this class, you will learn how to properly plant and maintain young/newly planted trees, how to prune young trees and remove suckers/sprouts from mature trees, and how to monitor a young tree’s health during the establishment period. After you complete the training and assessment, you will be an official Minnesota Tree Steward Volunteer!
Training provided by the University of Minnesota.
To stay active, volunteers are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer work or participate in 3 tree related volunteer events each year. Recertification happens every 3 years, when volunteers take a short assessment to ensure they’re up to date with the latest tree standards and program information.
Registration for this program can be done here –…/…
The city will pay $10 of the $25 registration fee.
To learn more, contact Sustainability Coordinator, Jason Ludwigson, at 507-313-9633.
July 26th, 2022|


The City of La Crescent is seeking bids for installation of Solar PV systems.  The Solar PV systems would be for two city owned buildings at 520 South 14th Street and 608 South 7th Street.

All bids must be submitted in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and must be received in the office of City of La Crescent no later than 4:00 p.m. CST, on Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at the following address:  City of La Crescent, 315 Main Street, P.O. Box 142, La Crescent, MN  55947.  Envelope must be clearly marked:  RFP for Solar PV

Solar RFP

Attachment A – Aquatic Center

Attachment B -Community Arena

Attachment C SEIA C+I PPA v2.0

July 22nd, 2022|


Sealed bids for the sale of the house located at 332 South First Street will be received by the City Council of the City of La Crescent until 11:00 a.m., on the 31st day of August 2022 at City Hall, where they will be opened and read.  Any proposal received after that time will not be considered and will be returned.

The house is sold As-Is” and Where-Is” condition.  The City of La Crescent provides no warranties or guaranties regarding the structure, its contents, and the quality and materials used in the construction of the structure.  The prospective purchaser shall be responsible for the acquisition of all permits.

The prospective purchaser is responsible for compliance with the City of La Crescent Zoning Ordinance, Section 12.28 Building Relocation.  A copy of this ordinance is available upon request from the City of La Crescent Building Official, at the La Crescent Hall.

The City Council will consider the bids received at their meeting on September 12th, 2022.  The prospective purchaser will be required to sign a purchase agreement within 48 hours of notification of selected bid.  A copy of the purchase agreement is available upon request from the City of La Crescent Building Official at City Hall.  The prospective purchaser will have until November 30th, 2022, to complete the removal of the structure from the property.

Bids submitted by prospective purchasers shall be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled “House Bid – 332 South First Street”, mailed to La Crescent City Hall, 315 Main Street, PO Box 142, La Crescent, MN  55947 and include the following information:

  • Name and address of bidder.
  • Purchase price.
  • Location where structure is proposed to be moved to.
  • Evidence of ability to remove the structure by November 30th, 2022.
  • Provide liability insurance naming the City of La Crescent as an additional insured and holding the City harmless and defending it from any claims that may arise.

The City of La Crescent, Minnesota, reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, reject parts of proposals, negotiate modifications of proposals submitted for purposes of finalizing and executing a purchase agreement.  City has the right to waive any irregularities and informalities contained in the process.  City further reserves the right to accept part or all of the proposals on the basis of consideration(s) other than cost.

The prospective purchaser shall participate in this RFP process and any negotiations and shall prepare the required materials and submittals and any subsequent materials and submittals at their own expense, and with the express understanding that there may be no claim whatsoever for reimbursement from the City for the cost, expense, or damages that may be associated with this process.  City reserves the right to terminate the proceedings at any time.

By order of the City Council of the City of La Crescent, dated the 11th of July 2022.

Bill Waller                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           City Administrator

July 13th, 2022|


July 11th, 2022|


June 30th, 2022|


Please select the following link to view the 2022 Summer edition of the La Crescent City News.  2022 Summer Newsletter

Also, if you would like to receive any weekly ‘news’ updates that are posted on our website, please submit your email at the bottom of our website homepage.

June 28th, 2022|


On or around June 1st temporary street paint and bollards will be placed at all four corners at the intersections on Walnut and Main Street.  This demonstration project is similar to the Safe Routes to School project that the city demonstrated last summer by the elementary school.  This demonstration project is to provide for safe crossing of pedestrians and traffic calming.  As with the Safe Routes to School program, there will be an online survey set up for public input.  The link will be provided once it is up and running.

Please select the following link for a picture of the project Walnut Street Demonstration Project

June 14th, 2022|


Mathy Construction will be paving the unpaved portion of the Wagon Wheel Trail this week and possibly into next week.  This will involve some grating and the paving.


AARP has listed La Crescent as #6 out of 10 as most livable small town.  Select the following link to read the full article:

April 22nd, 2022|


The City of La Crescent is one of 15 cities and counties that will commence certification in a national cohort supported by the LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.  Select the following link to read more: PRESS RELEASE – LEED for Cities Leadership Program

April 14th, 2022|

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