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Get ready for more road construction

By Staff | Apr 13, 2014

It’s road construction season again.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has announced the 300 highway projects planned for 2014 at an estimated cost of $1.1 billion which will be done statewide.

And, six of those 300 projects are planned to be completed in Faribault County this summer.

Many of the local projects involve work being done on Interstate 90 as it crosses the county.

Here is a rundown on the six projects, as well as cost estimates for each one:

Highway 109 between Easton and Wells. The project calls for replacing 10 miles of pavement and continues the reconstruction which has already been completed between Winnebago and Easton.

Total cost is estimated to be $9 million and will be completed between July and September 2014. Traffic will be detoured during the construction.

Highway 169 in Blue Earth, from I-90 north to Faribault County Road 6. The project calls for resurfacing the road to make it smoother.

Estimated total cost is $850,000 and is expected to be completed in May and June of this year. The work will cause lane closures and traffic delays but no detours.

This project is in addition to the work done on Highway 169 inside the city limits of Blue Earth which was started last summer and will be finished this year.

That work includes resurfacing the highway to the north of the north roundabout and south of the Ag Center. It also includes quite a bit of landscape and finish work which was not completed last fall.

I-90 rest stops at Blue Earth. This project will include resurfacing the truck parking areas and improving sidewalk accessibility.

Total cost is estimated to be $500,000 and the work is slated to be done later in the construction season, September and October.

There will be limited access to some areas of the rest stops, especially for truck parking, during the construction.

I-90 the length of Faribault County. This project calls for the repair of seven bridges along the I-90 corridor as the freeway crosses Faribault County.

The projected cost of this work is estimated to be $2.76 million and it will take all summer from May to September to complete.

There will be two-way traffic and lane crossovers during construction, with reduced speeds.

I-90 from the Highway 22 exit east to Highway 109. This project includes resurfacing all four lanes of the freeway for a distance of eight miles.

This is the largest project for Faribault County with an estimated cost of $17 million. The work is expected to be started in June and completed in September of this year.

Traffic will be reduced from four lanes to two-way with lane crossovers and reduced speeds. There will also be detours for access to and from Highways 22 and 109.

I-90 at Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Blue Earth. This is the most interesting project as it involves installing “dynamic message signs” near these four cities.

The cost of the signs and installation is expected to be $500,000. The project will involve lane closures when the signs are installed sometime in 2014.

These electronic message signs provide safety messages to motorists.

“The electronic message boards will only be used for events and emergencies that impact traffic,” a news release from MnDOT states. “The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the State Patrol will partner in the use and responsibility for the messages.”

In all, 26 projects are scheduled for MnDOT’s District 7 area, which is headquartered in Mankato.

Information on road construction locations and detours is available to motorists at www.511.mn.org or calling 511.