Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 15, 2016

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Hwy 4 St. James construction begins July 19

2016 work focused on 8th Avenue North

MANKATO, Minn. – The Highway 4 through St. James project will officially start on Tuesday, July 19 with the reconstruction of 8th Avenue North.  No detour for Highway 4 traffic will be required in 2016, but the crossing of 8th Avenue North may be limited.

An updated schedule for the multi-year project is as follows:

  • July-Oct. 2016: Major construction primarily on 8th Avenue North
  • May-Oct. 2017: Major construction from 10th Avenue South to Westin Avenue (requires Hwy 4 detour)
  • May-Sept. 2018: Major construction from Westin Avenue to 11th Avenue North (requires Hwy 4 detour)
  • May-June 2019: Finishing Work

Weekly construction meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the St. James Community Room starting July 20.  For an updated construction staging map visit www.mndot.gov/stjames .

S M Hentges & Sons, Inc. of Jordan was awarded the contract with a bid of $15,685,646.

The Highway 4 project, which extends from south of Watonwan County Fairgrounds to 11th Avenue North, includes utility replacement throughout the project, upgrading sidewalk and pedestrian ramps for safe ADA accessible accommodations, lighting, and intersection and access revisions. More information can be found on the project website at www.mndot.gov/stjames/.

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