Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 15, 2014

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Construction set to start May 19 on Hwy 63 south of Stewartville


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Detours are expected to begin Monday, May 19 along Hwy 63 from Stewartville south to Hwy 16 in Mower County, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Residents in Stewartville from Sixth Street Northeast to the south city limits will see pedestrian ramps reconstructed and the roadway resurfaced. The road will be passable but restricted to periodic one-lane traffic, closure of side roads, closure of parking areas, and sidewalk closures. Those traveling through Stewartville should expect congestion and delays. Construction of the pedestrian ramps and other facilities should take four-five weeks. Following this work, the roadway will be resurfaced. This is expected take an additional one-two weeks to complete.

Rochester Sand & Gravel is the prime contractor for the $4.9 million project, which includes a portion of Stewartville and about 8 miles of roadway to Hwy 16. The project is expected to be completed in late summer.

No work will be performed in Stewartville during the Stewartville SummerFest on July 3-4.

The second half of the project from the south Stewartville city limits to the Hwy 16 intersection will have new culverts, turn lanes, by-pass lanes and new surfacing. It is also scheduled to start May 19.

Motorists will encounter detours:

  • Detour will be Hwy 16 to County Road 8 to County Road 6 lasting approximately 4-6 weeks.
  • Access to Racine will be on Mower County Road 1. Access on Hwy 63 from Stewartville will be available once culvert replacements within the segment are completed.
  • Access to Deer Creek Speedway will be via Mower County Road 2.

The project website is at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy63-resurfacing.

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

For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.