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One draft for a replacement Highway 63 bridge would include a "button hook" for traffic going to and from Wisconsin to get onto Highway 61 without going through downtown Red Wing. City Planning Director Brian Peterson says the design would reduce congestion on Plum Street. (Diagram courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation)

MnDOT outlines local and statewide vision

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From the fifth floor of the St. James Hotel, Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle watched as a train passed by Levee Park. He took a phone from his pocket and snapped a picture.

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Through that lone window, he could see natural amenities, a bridge that needs replacing, freight and passenger rail traffic, bicycle trails and a commercial waterway.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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