Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 71

Jackson, Windom

About this project

Hwy 71 Jackson to Windom map
Highway 71 construction/detour map. Click for larger view.
Hwy 71 Windom to Hwy 30 map
Highway 71 construction/detour map. Click for larger view.

Over 20 miles of Hwy 71 in Jackson and Cottonwood Counties will be under construction in 2020 to improve the pavement condition. The pavement work in Jackson County is extensive in that MnDOT will recycle and repave the pavement for a longer lasting fix. It also includes the replacement of a large culvert. Resurfacing in Cottonwood County is also needed and will be completed by milling and overlay the current pavement.

Summary of work

Hwy 71 Jackson to Windom

  • Resurface 18.1 miles (recycle and repave – 20 year fix)
  • Bridge (large box culvert) replacement north of Jackson
  • Culvert work (linings)
  • Upgrade guardrail
  • Remove unused bypass lane and right turn lane

Hwy 71 Windom to Hwy 30

  • Resurface 12.3 miles (mill and overlay for 5 to 10 year fix)
  • Update guardrail where necessary

Traffic impacts

  • Detour for bridge/culvert replacement uses Hwy 86 (Jackson to Windom)
  • Traffic managed with lane restrictions and delays (Windom to Hwy 30)
    • Note: All businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project