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July 5, 2012



MnDOT District 8
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201


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Hwy 59 detour from Slayton to Hwy 14 begins July 9


WILLMAR, Minn. – Motorists on Hwy 59 from Slayton to Hwy 14 will use a detour beginning Monday, July 9, as crews reconstruct the Hwy, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Traffic will detour to Hwy 30, Hwy 91 and Hwy 14. All residents and businesses along the route will maintain access; however, motorists must access Hwy 59 at the closest open intersection to their destination.


All road work is scheduled to be complete in October, weather permitting.


The 17-mile construction zone includes three projects that are combined to reduce the overall impact on motorists and residents. Combining the projects allows the contractors to work more efficiently and reduce the time it would take to complete them individually. The three projects include resurface six miles of pavement, realign an intersection and repair 11 miles of concrete roadway.


The pavement resurfacing from Slayton to the north junction of Hwy 30, also known as Pete’s Corner, involves removing 4.5 inches of the existing pavement and replacing it with 4.5 inches of pavement. It will provide a smoother and safer road surface for motorists.


Crews also will reconstruct the s-curves at Pete’s Corner to enhance motorist safety. This project will improve the sightlines along the intersections of Hwy 30 and Hwy 59. Knife River Corp. is the contractor for the pavement resurfacing and intersection realignment projects, which total $3.86 million.


The third part of the project includes repairing cracks and chips in the concrete roadway from the north junction of Hwy 30 to Hwy 14. The improvements will increase durability, reduce future maintenance costs and provide a smoother and safer road surface. C.P.R. Contractors Inc. is the contractor for the $1.15 million project.


Traveling around a road closed sign is illegal and may result in 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.


For more detail, including detour maps and intersection closures, visit the project website at:


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