Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 10, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 71 in Jackson expected to open next week

Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Nov. 18

MANKATO, Minn. –   Highway 71 in Jackson is set to open to traffic late next week and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce is set to cut a ribbon on Friday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Traffic has been detoured since May 2 as crews worked to replace the Des Moines River Bridge.  Finishing work will take place after the highway is open and motorists are advised to use caution around workers and equipment.

Multiple subcontractor companies are now on the project and paving is nearing completion.  Concrete curb and gutter, pedestrian ramp, and sidewalk work is also progressing on both sides of the bridge.  Bridge railings are also expected to be installed next week. 

Installation is underway for two new pedestrian activated crossing signals with high visibility lighting.  One will be located by Subway/Vets Oil and one at the north end of the project where the trail crosses Highway 71.  These are, however, not to be a substitute for pedestrians looking both ways before crossing the Highway.

The Highway 71 project included replacing a 60 year-old bridge, improving operations at the Highway 71/Springfield Drive (CR 14) 4th Street intersection, resurfacing, building better pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and improving safety by with reduced speeds and turn lanes.

More information can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy71jackson/

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .