Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 2, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 105 repaving work begins in Austin on May 9

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 105 in Austin will encounter road construction as repaving work begins May 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The project is approximately 3 miles from Interstate 90 to just south of 11th Avenue Southwest. Ulland Bros. of Albert Lea, Minnesota, is the prime contractor on the $1.8 million project. Workers will be removing a layer of the roadway and replacing it with a fresh layer of blacktop, while also improving 72 pedestrian ramps and replacing several storm sewer pipes along the route.

The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 5 in advance of the Mower County Fair, which runs Aug. 9-14.

Motorists might encounter delays during some of the work. Flaggers will direct traffic during lane closures. Highway 105 (Oakland Avenue West and 12th Street Southwest) will remain open, but there will be some brief street closures while storm sewer pipes are replaced:

  • Oakland Avenue West will be closed for replacement of storm sewer pipe at the Hwy 105 intersection.  Oakland Ave W traffic should use the detour.
    • Oakland Avenue West to Hwy 105 W:  Eighth Street NW to Fourth Ave NW to 14th Street NW
    • Oakland Avenue West to Hwy 105 S:  Eighth Street SW to Fourth Ave SW
  • Second Avenue SW (west side) will be closed for storm sewer pipe replacement. Street will be closed approximately two days.  Use alternate route during closure.
  • Eighth Avenue SW (west side) will be closed for storm sewer pipe replacement. Street will be closed approximately two days.  Use alternate route during closure.

To learn more about the project, go to the MnDOT project page at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy105-resurfacing/index.html.

To learn more about the paving process called a mill and overlay, go to MnDOT’s page at www.dot.state.mn.us/information/roads/mill-overlay.html

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 real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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