Expect short traffic delays on Highway 16 from 63 to Dexter

Minnesota Highway 16 traffic between Highway 63 and Dexter will experience delays as crews began paving the road on Wednesday, June 5, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The paving work will move west from Highway 63 toward Grand Meadow and Interstate 90 at Dexter. One lane will remain open for traffic with flaggers stopping vehicles and a pilot car guiding vehicles in each direction. Traffic can be stopped up to 10 minutes. Paving work is expected to continue through this week.

Also this week, a culvert replacement west of Highway 63 on Highway 16 was scheduled to begin on June 10, meaning westbound Highway 16 traffic will detour north at Highway 63 to west Mower County Road 2 to southbound Mower County Road 8. The detour is in reverse for eastbound Highway 16 traffic. This detour is expected to last approximately a week, weather permitting.

Once that is completed, approximately June 17, Highway 16 will follow the detour from Highway 63 west: Highway 63 north to Mower County 2 west to Mower County Road 7 into Dexter. This detour is expected to last more than two months, weather permitting.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, the prime contractor, is scheduled to repave approximately 15 miles of Highway 16 from Spring Valley to Grand Meadow to Dexter. The project should be complete by mid-October.

Currently, Highway 16 is detoured from Spring Valley to Highway 63. Westbound Highway 16 traffic from Spring Valley is detoured on Fillmore County Road 8 to Mower County Road 2. At Highway 63, motorists travel south to rejoin Highway 16 until the new detour begins on June 10.

To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy16-resurfacing/index.html. 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.