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State Highway 16 undergoes extensive maintenance

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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By Mitch Walbridge

As the old adage goes: “There’s two seasons in Minnesota, winter and road construction,” the same holds true this summer as Minnesota State Highway 16 undergoes road construction throughout the summer months. Affected portions of Highway 16 stretch from Rushford, Minn. all the way to Spring Valley, Minn. The construction project is expected to improve road surfaces and safety conditions.

Road construction on Highway 16 is split into three sections, all of which include closings and detours.

One section runs for more than 15 miles from Preston, Minn. to Spring Valley. This portion of the project started June 3 and is expected to conclude sometime in September. Travelers who usually utilize this stretch of the road will be detoured on Fillmore County Road 12, Fillmore County Road 5, Highway 80, and Highway 52 during culvert repairs. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the estimated cost for the Preston to Spring Valley project is $5,241,048.

The second portion extends from U.S. Highway 52 near Preston Equipment to Lanesboro, Minn. Repairs are estimated at $1,974,786 and are expected to be completed by sometime in September. Detours for this part of the road repair projects include Fillmore County Road 17 and Fillmore County Road 8 during culvert repairs.

The final road construction portion extends from Lanesboro to Rushford, which is nearly 18 miles. The estimated cost for this portion of the project is $6.5 million. Travelers will be detoured on roads including Highway 250 and Highway 30. The portion is expected to be completed by October.

Root River Bike Trail


The Minnesota DNR also reported that the 4.5 mile stretch of the Root River Bike Trail from Lanesboro to Whalan, Minn. will be closed as of Monday, June 17. The closed area of the trail will be repaved and widened from 8 feet to 10 feet.

The DNR cautions that there will be no marked detour during the trail construction, however, the public is encouraged to use the combined 37 remaining miles of paved trail on either end of the construction zone. The segment of the trail running from Lanesboro to Whalan was first paved in 1987 and is one of the most popularly traveled areas.

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