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Get ready to go slow in a slew of new construction projects throughout southeast Minnesota that started Monday (May 10th.)

We've all heard the old adage about there being only two seasons in Minnesota, right? There's winter, of course, and then there's the OTHER season, the one with all the orange barrels, that unofficially kicks into high gear.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) notes that, in addition to other projects already underway-- like the four-lane expansion of Highway-14 between Dodge Center and Owatonna, or several projects on Highway-52 north of Rochester-- a new crack sealing project starts today on several busy highways in southeast Minnesota.

MnDOT says you could see delays on the following highways in our neck of the woods as these projects get underway. On two-lane roads, drivers will take turns using the single open lane while being directed by flaggers. On four-lane roads, there will be lane closures. Highways scheduled for crack sealing work, as weather permits, include:

  • Hwy 14 eastbound near Kasson
  • Hwy 56 at Dodge Center
  • Hwy 16 near Grand Meadow and Spring Valley
  • Hwy 30 between Chatfield and Rushford
  • Hwy 52 between Chatfield and Marion
  • Hwy 61 between Lake City and Wabasha
  • Hwy 61 between Lake City and Frontenac Station
  • I-90 eastbound east of Nodine
  • Hwy 61 at Dreshbach
  • Hwy 52 southbound north of Rochester

MnDOT also noted that all work on this $480,000 project is scheduled to be completed by early July, depending on the weather.

And, here's another head's up from MnDOT that ALL traffic will be detoured off I-90 near Stewartville from 7 pm to 5 am Monday and Tuesday nights (May 10 and 11) as crews work to replace bridge beams on the Highway-63 construction project.

Speaking of summer-- and road construction-- if you have the itch to get out and hit the open road, do you know which Minnesota highway was just included in this list of Must Drive Roads in Every State? Keep scrolling to check it out (and pass the snacks, will ya?)

 

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