Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 24, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Seal coating starts June 29 near Rushford, continues on other highways      

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 43 and 16 near Rushford will see minor traffic delays beginning June 29 as crews apply a seal coat to the roadways, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The work near Rushford in Fillmore County will be on Highway 43 from Rushford to Interstate 90 and Highway 16 to Houston. Work is expected to begin Wednesday, June 29. Motorists will encounter flaggers who will stop traffic for periods of time. Pilot cars will guide vehicles back and forth between the start and end of the project to protect the workers and ensure that motorists do not drive in the lanes before they are ready for traffic.

Similar work is scheduled this summer elsewhere in Winona, Fillmore and Houston counties. Work is wrapping up on Highway 14 from Highway 74 in Winona County to the city of Winona and should be completed by Tuesday, June 28.

Other highways scheduled for work this summer include:

  • Highway 76 from the west junction of Highway 16 in Houston to I-90
  • Highway 76 from the north junction of Highway 44 in Caledonia to the east junction of Highway 16
  • Highway 44 from Houston County Road 27 in Spring Grove) to Butterfield Road in Hokah
  • Highway from the Iowa/Minnesota state line to Highway 16
  • Highway 16 from the south junction of Highway 52 to Pleasant Street in Lanesboro

The prime contractor is Fahrner Asphalt Sealers of Plover, Wis. Approximately 115 miles of roadway will be seal coated. The process involves spraying a thin layer of small stones (aggregate) on the road first, then coming back later spraying an oil-based seal before compacting it on the roadway. The contractor expects to cover 4 to 5 miles per day.  A seal coating extends the life of asphalt pavement by 5 to 7 years, depending on the type and amount of daily traffic.

To learn more about the process, go to MnDOT’s road knowledge site: www.dot.state.mn.us/information/roads/chip-seal.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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