Mankato, Minn. – The four-lane expansion of State Highway 60 that connects Iowa’s Highway 60 to Minnesota by Bigelow is scheduled to begin construction the week of July 23.
Traffic on Highway 60 will not be altered this year, but a detour will be in place for work planned in 2008. Some impacts to county and township roads should be expected.
The Highway 60 expansion project includes about three miles of four-lane construction of a bypass around Bigelow in Minnesota and two more miles of four-lane in Iowa. Mn/DOT is the lead on the project and working in close cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation.
This summer the work will consist mostly of grading the new alignment. By the end of the 2008 construction season, a new Highway 60 should be open to traffic.
A public open house is being held on Monday, July 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bigelow Community Room. Mn/DOT staff will be available to address concerns about the construction. Impacted residents and business managers are encouraged to attend.
Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye was awarded the project with a bid of $11.6 million. Minnesota’s share of the cost is about $7.2 million and Iowa’s share is $4.4 million.
The remaining segment of Highway 60 from Bigelow to Worthington is unfunded, and hence, unscheduled at this time.
More information on Highway 60 can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60/index.html
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