Road preservation projects scheduled for area highways
Willmar, Minn. – Motorists can expect brief delays on area Hwys beginning Monday, July 8, as contractor crews complete preventive maintenance seal coating projects to extend the life of the pavement surface on Hwys 71, 75, 274 and 23 in Kandiyohi, Stearns, Lincoln, Lyon, Pipestone, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties.
During this work, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for daily lane closures in the area where crews are working. Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for loose gravel and oil spraying in these areas. The work zone speed limit is 40 mph.
Crews will be working during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.
The Hwy segments scheduled for the preventative maintenance include:
- Hwy 71 from just north of Hwy 9 to the west junction with Hwy 55 in Belgrade (approximately 8 miles)
- Hwy 274 from Wood Lake to the north junction with Hwy 23 (approximately 9 miles)
- Hwy 75 from north of Hwy 14/Lake Benton to south of Hwy 68 in Canby (approximately 31 miles)
- Hwy 75 from one mile north of Hwy 212 to just south of Hwy 40 in Madison (approximately 4 miles)
- Hwy 23 from the north junction with Hwy 75 to south of 196th Street by Russell (approximately 30 miles)
Once work is completed on one segment of roadway, crews will move to the next section in the order outlined above, until the project is completed. The work is expected to be done by mid- to late July, weather permitting.
Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation (ASTECH), based in St. Cloud is the prime contractor for this $1.6 million preventive maintenance project consisting of almost 82 miles of roadway repair.
MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
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