Highway 61 segment to close for month starting Monday

U.S. Highway 61 will be closed for over a month in the vicinity of 250th Street in Wyoming for an improvement project being administered jointly by the city of Wyoming and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The closure takes effect Monday, Aug. 20 and the highway will re-open by Sept. 21. The project is estimated to wrap up by Oct. 5.

Improvements include the addition of left turn lanes, a bypass lane for southbound traffic on the highway at 267th Street, and closure of the Fenwick access at Highway 61. The city has received funding from MNDOT for the majority of the improvements. Forest Lake Contracting, Inc. will carry out the work.

Northbound traffic will be detoured west on Highway 8 to Exit 131 to Broadway Avenue (CO-2). From there, the route follows northbound Interstate 35 until Exit 135. Traffic will then follow CO-22 to Viking Boulevard, which connects with Highway 61.

Drivers en route to Fairview Lakes Medical Center should then drive south on Highway 61 to Fairview Boulevard. Southbound access to the hospital is unchanged.

Southbound traffic on Highway 61 will be detoured east on Viking Boulevard to southbound I-35. Drivers will exit on Broadway Avenue and take the ramp for northbound I-35. From there, the route follows Exit 132 and goes eastbound on Highway 8. The route then follows the exit for NW Second Street, which connects with Highway 61.