Highway 16 will be under construction this summer with an eight-week detour north of the highway

Construction on Minnesota Highway 16 from the city of Dexter to Tracey Avenue in Spring Valley will kick off the area construction season next month.

The $7.5 million project of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, scheduled to start in May and run through August, will resurface the highway and replace three box culverts and five pipe culverts. The work will extend the lifespan of the road and provide a smoother ride, according to MnDOT.

During the culvert replacements, which are estimated to take eight weeks, there will be a detour. From Spring Valley, the detour will start on County Road 8, which then turns into Mower County 2, to Mower County Road 7 in Dexter.

During paving, motorists will encounter single-lane traffic. Access to businesses on the highway in Spring Valley will remain open during the construction project.

The project is one of 221 state road and bridge projects slated for Minnesota this year, announced Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Other area projects are Minnesota Highway 52 from Marion to Chatfield and Minnesota Highway 30 from Chatfield to Rushford.

Highway 52

The Highway 52 project will begin in late May, wrapping up in September. Work on the rural highway will include a blacktop mill and overlay, turn-lane extensions, intersection safety improvements and culvert repairs/replacements. Work in the city of Chatfield will include a blacktop mill and overlay of the road, curb ramp and sidewalk ADA improvements, storm sewer upgrades and replacement of the traffic signal at the intersection with Highway 30/74.

Traffic will be detoured during the replacement of the three box culverts located between Olmsted County Road 16 and Olmsted County Road 7 North. The detour, which is estimated to last up to eight weeks beginning in early June, will route traffic from Highway 52 to County Road 7 to Interstate 90.

Additionally, there will a short-term detour using Olmsted County Road 10 to I-90 during replacement of a centerline pipe north of Olmsted County Road 136. The remaining work will be done under traffic. The work within the city limits of Chatfield does not require a detour of roadway traffic.

The $8.7 million project will provide smoother pavement, improved shoulders, better drainage and improved safety, according to MnDOT.

Highway 30

The Highway 30 project won’t start until August and is expected to last until November. The $5 million project will resurface Highway 30 with blacktop between Highway 74 near Chatfield to the western city limits of Rushford. The work won’t require a detour, but there will be single lane traffic with flaggers.

More construction

During summer travel in Minnesota, motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones as the 221 projects span the state. MnDOT advises motorists to:

• Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.

• Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

• Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving).

• Follow posted speed limits; fines are up to $300 in work zones.

• Avoid making lane changes within work zones.