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News Release
July 5, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Portion of Highway 19 in Goodhue County opens to traffic


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists can now drive on all lanes of Highway 19 between Highway 61 and Goodhue County Road 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Highway 19 remains closed between Goodhue County Road 6 and Cannon Falls while crews continue the pavement reclamation and resurfacing project. Motorists should continue to follow the detour.

The detour will remain in place through August, weather permitting.

Motorists will encounter periodic lane closures on the open portion of Highway 19. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers during these lane closures.

Pavement reclamation is the process of milling off part of the existing road surface, grinding the remaining pavement and a small layer of the underlying aggregate, injecting oil into the mixture to rebind the material and compacting it back into place. Crews will add a layer of asphalt on top of the stabilized, reclaimed surface.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, a division of Mathy Construction, is the prime contractor for the project.

When the project is finished, motorists will experience a smoother road surface and a safer highway.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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