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Oct. 22, 2021

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Concrete repair project on US 59 nearly complete

Detour lifted, remaining work will be completed under traffic

WILLMAR, Minn. — The U.S. Highway 59 concrete repair project in Lyon and Murray counties is nearly complete. The detour has been lifted from Highway 14 to Highway 30 and remaining work will be performed under traffic. Drivers are asked to use caution through the work zone while crews complete striping operations and punch list items.

Originally, the project included removing and replacing deteriorated concrete along US 59 from US 14 to Hwy 30, and from Hwy 23 to Lyon CR 6; however, work was scaled back as crews encountered more repairs than were originally estimated. MnDOT looked for additional funding options, but not enough funding was available to repair the entire stretch of roadway as originally planned. A future project will be introduced to allocate the funding required to repair the remaining segments.

The project was updated as follows.

Road sections that were fully or partially completed

  • US 59 from Hwy 14 to Lyon CR 14 through Garvin
  • US 59 from Lyon CR 14 to 241st Street
  • US 59 from Hwy 30 to 201st Street

Road sections that have been postponed

  • US 59 from Hwy 23 in Marshall to Lyon CR 6
  • US 59 from 241st Street to 201st Street

Additional information

Benefits of the project include a smoother and quieter road surface. The cost of the project was $1.7 million and Interstate Improvements, Inc., was the prime contractor.

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Work zone travel

MnDOT advises travelers to always slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution. Other reminders: 

  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times