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Expect delays, detours for highway projects

LAKEFIELD — The detour for Minnesota 86 over Interstate 90 will be removed Friday, Aug. 29, as crews completed bridge repairs.

In mid-September, the resurfacing of Minnesota 86 from the Iowa state line to Interstate 90 will begin. No detour is required, but motorists can expect brief delays and use caution in the area of flaggers.

The project, which should be completed in mid-October, includes a mill and overlay to preserve the pavement and provide a smooth ride as well as extend the life of the bridge over I-90 by replacing drainage structures, bridge railings, deck and expansion joints.

Duininck Inc. is the contractor on the $3.2 million project.

Motorists on U.S. 71 south of Windom should expect about a two-week detour beginning Sept. 2 as crews begin to remove and replace a culvert.

The U.S. 71 closure is between Jackson County 22 and Jackson County Road 30; approximately six miles south of Windom. Traffic will be detoured Jackson County 21 (south of Bergen) to Jackson County Road 30.

The culvert replacement is part of a project to repair and replace several culverts on Minnesota 15/60 near Madelia, U.S. 71 south of Windom and Minnesota 91 north of Adrian. The project will help keep the culverts in proper working order and extend the life of the road.

Midwest Contracting LLC is the contractor on the $989,134 project.

A three-week detour of U.S. 75 north of Luverne is scheduled to begin Sept. 8, as crews work to replace a flood-damaged box culvert.

Traffic will be detoured west to Interstate 90, north on Rock County 6, and east on Rock County 7. The detour adds about 15 miles to travel on U.S. 75.

The project consists of replacing the damaged box culvert with two lines of concrete arch pipe. When the project is complete the Highway 75 will be posted as a ten-ton road again.

Motorists are reminded to drive with caution through work zones and never drive through road closed barricades.

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