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Open house for U.S. 59 set for Tuesday

SLAYTON -- An open house on the U.S. 59 reconstruction project will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 4-H building at the Murray County Fairgrounds, Slayton.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and project contractors, Knife River Corp. and C.P.R. Contractors Inc., will provide details and answer questions regarding the construction project and detour.

The 17-mile construction zone includes three projects that were combined to reduce the overall impact on motorists and residents. Combining the projects will allow the contractors to work more efficiently and reduce the length of time it would take to complete them individually. The three projects include six miles of pavement resurfacing, an intersection realignment and the repair of 11.6 miles of concrete roadway.

The pavement resurfacing will provide a smoother and safer road surface for motorists and involves removing 4.5 inches of the existing pavement and replacing it with 4.5 inches of bituminous pavement from Slayton to the north junction of Highway 30, also known as "Pete's Corner."

The s-curves at Pete's Corner will be reconstructed to enhance motorist safety by improving the sightlines along the intersections of Minnesota 30 and U.S. 59.

The third part of the project involves the repair of cracks and chips in the concrete roadway from the North junction of Highway 30 to Highway 14. The improvements will increase durability, reduce future maintenance costs and provide a smoother and safer road surface.

The project will begin July 9 and is scheduled to be complete in October, weather permitting.