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Jan. 27, 2022

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Tree and brush cutting scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for Hwy 43 Rushford to Mabel repaving project

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Hwy 43 motorists will encounter crews removing trees and brush from Rushford to Mabel beginning Feb. 1, as they prepare for this spring’s repaving project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Work is scheduled to be completed by March 31. The work is being done in the winter in advance of the construction season to ensure that nesting of endangered species (bats) is not disrupted. Temporary lane closures may occur with flaggers directing traffic.

Hwy 43 project details

Full construction work is expected to begin on April 18, weather permitting, for the Hwy 43 project from Rushford to Mabel, and it is estimated to be complete by the end of October. Work includes the following:

  • Repave 22 miles of Hwy 43
  • Stabilize three areas of eroding slopes and shoulders
  • Replace all guardrail
  • Replace 11 centerline drainage pipes
  • Repair 55 centerline drainage pipes

Hwy 43 project detours

The replacement of culverts and pipes includes excavation of the road, requiring two detours. Details can be found on the project website and people can sign up for email and/or text message project updates.

Individuals, businesses and first responders will have the ability to reach their destinations. The culverts will be replaced in an order that allows access, however, individuals may be directed to access or exit a property from a single direction.