ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Motorists will encounter a detour beginning Monday, July 12, when a Highway 65 resurfacing improvement project begins, extending from the northern city limits of Mora at Mora Lake to Highway 27 in Woodland (17 miles).
Work on this project will require road closures and a planned two-stage detour.
Local access will be maintained to businesses, resorts, residents and public boat landings. Motorists traveling in the work area are asked to drive with extra caution and watch for any workers directing traffic.
This road resurfacing project is using a construction process called Stabilized Reclamation. Crews will grind and mix the current pavement surface with gravel and add a stabilizing agent to strengthen the recycled (reclaimed) pavement materials. A new, thin layer of black top will then be paved over the reclaimed surface.
Reclamation saves money by reusing the roadway materials versus milling off the old pavement surface and replacing it with a brand new, thicker layer of bituminous.
When the project is complete, motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway.
Hardrives Inc. of Rogers is the prime contractor for the $7.2 million project which is to be completed by September 18, 2010, weather permitting.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down, pay attention and watch for workers while following the detours or traveling near the construction zone-for your safety and ours.
Detour map (close-up of Mora on page 2)