Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 23, 2017

Hwy 61, 16 rumble strip replacement project planned Oct. 24 in Houston County

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Motorists on highways 61 and 16 near La Crescent will encounter work zones beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24 as crews replace rumble strips, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Construction crews will replace the current rumble strip on highways 61 and 16 with a sinusoidal strip or “mumble strip,” add pavement around guard rails along Highway 61 and extend the mumble strip closer to La Crescent. The work is expected to take several days to complete, weather permitting.

Lane and shoulder closures are planned on Highway 61 in Houston County near La Crescent and single lane traffic with flaggers is planned for Highway 16 south of La Crescent.

MnDOT is making these changes after receiving feedback from members of the bicycling community after a road resurfacing project on highways 61 and 16 was completed this summer. Bicyclists preferred a rumble strip near the fog line instead of the current placement near the outside shoulder and suggested the other improvements during discussions. Changing to a mumble strip should also reduce the amount of noise emitted when a vehicle deviates from its lane.

The changes on highways 61 and 16 should improve conditions for bicyclists, motorists and residents who live along these highways.

Mathy Construction is the prime contractor on this $150,000 project.

Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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