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News Release

August 12, 2009



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Highway 60 detour expands Aug. 17


MANKATO, Minn. - The detour on the Highway 60 project between Windom and Butterfield will expand Monday, August 17 to include the closing of the highway between Mountain Lake and Butterfield. The detour will last approximately two to three weeks.


The detour route for stage 1 (Windom to Mountain Lake detour includes 16th Street and Cottonwood Lake Drive in Windom and Cottonwood County Roads 13 and 1) remains in place. The stage 2 detour (Mountain Lake to Butterfield route includes Cottonwood County Road 1, Highway 30 and Watonwan County Road 5) will begin on August 17 (see attached map).


The $5.3 million project consists of a variety of road surface and safety improvements:
• Concrete repairs from Windom to Butterfield.
• Spot overlay at west end of Mt. Lake.
• Approach and joint repair on three bridges.
• Guardrail work at three bridges.
• Pedestrian curb ramp reconstruction and access closures in Windom.
• Signal improvements in Windom.
• “Prepare to stop” warning lights for northbound traffic south of Windom.
• Lighting at rural intersections.
• Left turn lanes added at Cottonwood County Road 2 in Bingham Lake and POET Ethanol Plant entrance (Township Road 134) for westbound traffic.
• Right turn lane extension at POET Ethanol Plant for eastbound traffic.
• Rumble strips Mountain Lake in westbound overlay area.
• Re-striping the entire project.


In addition, the following traffic safety improvements on Highway 14 from North Mankato to Nicollet are included as part of this project:
• Lighting at several rural intersections.
• Centerline rumble stripes.
• Re-striping the entire project.


Mn/DOT urges motorists to plan ahead, watch for detour signs, and be alert for workers in the work zone. For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information, visit www.511mn.org.






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