- Rebecca Arndt
Minnesota Department of
District 7, Mankato/Windom
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
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Hwy 60 detour changed to Nobles County Roads 2, 13 (to Rushmore)
County Roads 4, 5 open only to local traffic
MANKATO, Minn. – The Hwy 60 detour has been changed to Nobles County Road 2/340th Street, County Road 13 and Interstate 90, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The current Hwy 60 detour of County Road 4 and County Road 5 will be closed, except to local traffic, while crews make pavement repairs. County Roads 4 and 5 also will be restricted to seven ton per axle load limit during the spring thaw.
The repairs are necessary to preserve the remaining life of the pavement, according to county and state officials. The detour route was in rough shape from the added traffic during the winter and the most recent early thaw resulted in additional damage. The detour to Rushmore will need to remain in place until repairs are completed.
MnDOT’s initial plans did not include using the detour over the winter, but the state government shutdown significantly delayed some of the construction on Hwy 60.
Construction on Hwy 60 will resume as soon as weather permits. In addition to the first and second phases of the project, and the railroad bridge replacement, the third phase from County Road 35 to I-90 will begin this summer.
R & G Construction Co. of Marshall is the prime contractor on the Paul Avenue to County Road 35 segment. Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is prime contractor on the rural segment from County Road 4 to Paul Avenue. The replacement of the railroad bridge by Lunda Construction Company is part of the Hwy 60 expansion project from Bigelow to I-90 in Worthington.