Thursday, May 24: Crews are making good progress on the Highway 63 paving project. Last week the team began excavating two culverts, one is located north of Highway 247 and the other is north of 125th St. NW. That work includes digging out the area, removing the box culvert and setting new pipe. Those areas remain closed to all traffic.
Our team will not work Monday, May 28 because of the Memorial Day holiday. The work zone will remain in place all weekend.
We expect the crew to finish up work on the culvert north of Highway 247 next week, that will allow the crew to begin work on a second box culvert in that same location. They will also finalize milling Highway 63 to prepare it for paving. Remember, paving work is expected to begin around June 7 on the north end of the project near Zumbro Falls.
Through traffic on Hwy 63 is detoured west at 75th Street Northwest to Hwy 52 north to Hwy 60 east to Zumbro Falls. Southbound traffic follows the route in reverse.
Local traffic (people who live or have businesses along the route) will be able to access homes, farms and businesses on Hwy 63.
In the work work zone, speeds are slower and traffic will sometimes be diverted to nearby roads. Traffic will be detoured while culverts are replaced across the road beginning the week of May 14.
Additionally, asphalt repaving work on Hwy 63, north of the Zumbro River Bridge in Zumbro Falls to Wabasha County Road 78 will take place separately beginning in August after this project is complete.