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Area residents attend construction meeting

SLAYTON -- The curious and the concerned stopped in at the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds Tuesday to learn more about three construction projects along U.S. 59 that could affect their travel after July 9.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 provided maps of the proposed construction, including detour routes, for people to bring home and study at their leisure.

MnDOT Project Engineer Nick Klisch said construction is slated to begin July 9 and will hopefully conclude in mid-October.

With agreeable weather, he added, the project could be completed even sooner.

Construction will begin at the S curve at Pete's Corner and head both north and south along U.S. 59.

The construction zone begins in Slayton at Minnesota 30 and reaches north to Minnesota 14. Traffic will be detoured west on Minnesota 30 to Minnesota 91 and east on Minnesota 14. For those heading to the Lake Shetek area, traffic will be detoured along Murray County 8 and 35 into Currie.

For those who live along the stretch of U.S. 59 under construction, access will be maintained by one lane, Klisch said.

"We'll keep it at a width passable to local traffic," he said. "We'll make sure people can get in and out. It may not always be the most efficient route, but it will be passable."

The intersection where Minnesota 30 joins U.S. 59 at Pete's Corner will have a different look when the construction is complete.

The intersection itself is being moved slight south to alleviate a hazardous traffic area.

According to MnDOT documents, the change is based on historically poor performance with intersections that have a skew of greater than 20 degrees.

"This project is an opportunity to correct the skew and eliminate superfluous intersection legs, configuring it to driver expectation," the document states. "Also, the county is proposing to reconstruct Murray County 12 during this construction year.

"In order to receive state aid for the county reconstruction, the skew must be fixed."

The stretch of road from Slayton to the S curve will have 4.5 inches of existing pavement removed and another 4.5 inches of bituminous overlay added.

From Pete's Corner north to Minnesota 14, cracks and chips will be repaired, which will reduce future maintenance, increase durability and provide a mother surface.

At the new Minnesota 30/U.S. 59 intersection, sightlines will be improved upon and passing lanes added.

Klisch acknowledged that road construction can be frustrating for motorists, but encouraged them to leave extra time in their schedule for the delays construction can cause, and to be patient and drive safe.