Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 29, 2017

Hwy 56 detour in Mower County changes July 5 as Adams reconstruction work continues

ADAMS, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 56 will see a detour change beginning July 5 as a new stage of the Adams reconstruction work begins to replace major utilities in the community, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

This new phase of construction is expected to last until Aug. 15, weather permitting. The project includes reconstruction of the roadway in the city of Adams with sanitary sewer, water, lighting and drainage utility replacements. Plus sidewalk replacement, landscaping and ADA pedestrian ramps will also be upgraded. The stretch of Hwy 56 in Adams from Fourth Street west to the west bridge will be closed while the roadway is reconstructed.

The detour route for eastbound Hwy 56 motorists will be: Mower County Road 5 south to Mower County Road 7 south to Mower County Road 6 east until it connects with Hwy 56 west of Le Roy. The detour for westbound Hwy 56 motorists will be: County Road 6 west to County Road 7 north to County Road 5 north where it connects with Hwy 56.

Motorists traveling into Adams will follow Mower County Road 18 north from County Road 6.

This is part of a 16-mile resurfacing project along Hwy 56 in Mower County from Taopi to near Interstate 90. The purpose of the project is to replace the aging pavement and improve safety along the corridor. Work includes grading, paving, storm sewer repair as well as guardrail installation along the route.

Mathy Construction is the prime contractor for the $5.2 million project, which will be completed Oct. 6.

To learn more about the project and also sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy56-resurfacing/

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.