Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 3, 2017

Hwy 56 resurfacing work begins Aug. 9 from I-90 to Taopi, detour near Adams continues

AUSTIN, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 56 in Mower County will see paving work beginning Aug. 9, while the detour near Adams remains, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

This new phase of construction is expected to last until October. The 16-mile resurfacing project along Hwy 56 in Mower County from Interstate 90 south to Taopi will 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. Motorists may encounter short traffic delays during paving operations and should be alert for flaggers stopping traffic, who will direct motorists to stop or follow pilot cars through the construction zone.

In Adams, work continues. The roadway is being reconstructed 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 roadway should open in mid-August, weather permitting.

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.

Mathy Construction is the prime contractor for the $5.2 million project.

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.