Road Work Issues This Week 19 Aug 13

The ongoing construction of 2 additional lanes for Highway 60 between St. James and Butterfield has now progressed to the point where a detour is needed, and it is scheduled to be put into place beginning today (MON). Traffic will be detoured to Highway 4 and Watonwan County Roads 10 and 5 for around 2 months. The project consists of grading, paving and bridge work for 2 additional lanes south of the current lanes, with paving and final bridge work being completed next year. The gap between Butterfield and Mountain Lake will then be expanded to 4-lanes beginning in 2015, and the section from Mountain Lake to Windom will be under construction beginning in 2017. Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the contractor on the $14-million project from St. James to Butterfield.

A resurfacing project on Highway 30 that had been scheduled to begin earlier this month is expected to get underway today (MON). The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that Highway 30 motorists can expect delays between Darfur and Highway 4 as crews resurface the roadway. Traffic will be controlled with a flag person and a pilot car, and delays can be expected until the project is completed in late September. Central Specialities of Alexandria is the contractor on the nearly $2.3-million project.

A major construction project gets underway today (MON) on Nicollet County Road 5, the Fort Road. The nearly $1.8-million project will involve the complete reconstruction of a portion of the road just west of St. Peter. Work will include adding turn lanes at County Road 40 and installing concrete surfacing, and is being done by Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye. From St. Peter traffic will be detoured to Highway 99 and then County Road 13 before being reconnecting with the Fort Road. Motorists are advised to give themselves extra time to reach their destination.

A change to the way traffic travels through downtown Gaylord was made last week. A Minnesota Department of Transportation test to see if a through-stop intersection is the best fit for the community was scheduled to begin. Motorists traveling east-west through downtown Gaylord are now not required to stop at the intersection of Fourth Street and Main Avenue.