Hwy 63 concrete paving completed north of Rochester, reopens to traffic
ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. — Hwy 63 between the north Rochester roundabout and Zumbro Falls is open to traffic after crews completed a concrete paving project ahead of schedule, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
During this $6.9 million project, crews removed a portion of the existing blacktop and paved over it with five inches of concrete with reinforcing fibers. The process is referred to as a “whitetopping.” Workers also added guardrail, centerline mumble strips and replaced several pipes and culverts.
Croell, Inc., of New Hampton, Iowa, was the prime contractor.
Hwy 63 had been detoured from the 75th Street roundabout north of Rochester to Zumbro Falls. The Hwy opened at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, two days ahead of schedule.
Motorists should be aware, a second project on Hwy 63 north of Zumbro Falls begins Monday, Aug. 13. Crews will repave Hwy 63 with blacktop from north of Zumbro Falls to Wabasha County Road 78 south of Lake City. Workers will also replace several culverts, which will require a detour through Aug. 30.
For more information about this upcoming $3.85 million project and sign up for email updates, go to the MnDOT project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy63-repaving-north-of-zumbrofalls/index.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.