Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 71


About this project

Map of Hwy 71 work zone in Olivia with area from Viking Drive to Hwy 212.  Map also includes the detour.

Summary of work

MnDOT work

  • Resurface Hwy 71 from just south of Viking Drive to the Hwy 212 intersection
  • Upgrade existing sidewalk, ramps and adjacent driveways to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards
  • Add new sidewalk to create connections with existing sidewalk
  • Replace portions of existing concrete curb and gutter and underground storm pipe from Ash Avenue to Hwy 212 to improve drainage during rainfall events
  • Regrade ditches and replace several culverts from Viking Drive to Ash Avenue to improve drainage
  • Add a bypass lane at Viking Drive (southbound)

City of Olivia work

  • Add flashing pedestrian crossing at Chestnut Avenue
  • Construct trail from Chestnut Avenue to Viking Drive

Traffic impacts

  • Hwy 71 will be open to two-way traffic during most of construction
  • Drivers can expect temporary lane and shoulder closures, along with other minor traffic impacts
  • Pedestrians will encounter temporary sidewalk and ramp closures
  • The detour (above) has been completed
  • Everyone is encouraged to allow extra travel time and watch for traffic sign instructions and flagging crews
  • Homes and businesses along the project route will remain accessible

Project update

September 16, 2022

  • Crews continue to shape topsoil and complete project clean up.
  • Milling (removing top portion of roadway) and paving is scheduled for Sept. 19-20.