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July 30, 2021

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Update: Detour extended on Hwy 60 Eagle Lake to Elysian project  

UPDATE: Highway 60 between Eagle Lake and Elysian (Phase 1) is expected to open to traffic early next week, weather permitting.

The full implementation of the Phase 2 detour for construction on Highway 60 between Elysian and Waterville (Phase 2) will begin upon the removal of the Phase 1 detour.

MnDOT extends their regrets for the delays in completing Phase 1, and would like to thank area residents and motorists for their patience during construction.

MANKATO, Minn. – The detour for the Highway 60 project between Eagle Lake and Elysian (Phase 1) will remain in place longer than expected due to drainage issues.

The (Phase 1) detour that was expected to be removed around Friday, July 23 will now be extended to around Friday, July 30, weather permitting. The detour consists of Highway 14 and Waseca County Road 3.

MnDOT has obtained an additional contractor to install edge drains at various locations to help alleviate the drainage issue to expedite the completion of construction on Phase 1 of the project.

MnDOT would like to remind people attending Madison Lake’s Paddlefish Days this weekend to be aware of potential hazards with construction equipment, barriers, and ongoing construction work on Walnut Street (Highway 60). Pedestrians are also encouraged to use the designated pedestrian access areas located on Main Street and 4th Street. Motorists traveling to Madison Lake’s Paddlefish Days this weekend can find the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detour routes at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy60madisonlake.

Construction on a portion of Highway 60 between the City of Elysian to the junction with Highway 13 in Waterville (Phase 2) began earlier this month. View a map of the short term detour modification. The full implementation of the Phase 2 detour will begin upon the removal of the Phase 1 detour. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 13 in Waterville, Le Sueur County Road 12 (Tetonka Lake Road), Le Sueur County Road 11 and Highway 60.

Construction of the Highway 60 project is still expected to be completed in October.   

MnDOT officials have been working closely with the cities of Madison Lake, Elysian and Waterville over the past few years to prepare for the project that includes:

  • Pavement improvements throughout the 17-mile corridor
    • Reclaim pavement and resurface
    • Reconstruction through Madison Lake
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Update pedestrian ramps to meet ADA requirements
  • Remove and replace sections of poor sidewalk and curb & gutter
  • Turn lanes and access modifications
  • County road lighting
  • Upgrade infrastructure in Madison Lake

The improvements will provide a smoother roadway and increase safety.

Ulland Brothers, Inc. was awarded the projects with a bid of $20,167,682.08.

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