Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 28, 2020

Hwy 251 detour begins May 4 for road construction between Hwy 218 and I-35, including Hollandale

HOLLANDALE, Minn. – Motorists using Hwy 251 between Hwy 218 and Interstate 35 will encounter a detour when the project begins construction May 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The detour will occur in two stages.

  • Hwy 251 through-traffic and traffic to Hollandale detour for Stage 1 begins May 4—Take Hwy 218 north to Freeborn County Road 35 west to Freeborn County Road 30 south to Hwy 251
  • Hwy 251 through-traffic and traffic to Hollandale detour for Stage 2, which follows completion of Stage 1—Travel north on Freeborn County Road 30 to Freeborn County Road 35 west to I-35 south to Hwy 251
  • Single-lane traffic on Hwy 251 bridge over I-35
  • Freeborn County Road 26 detour during Stage 2, south of Hwy 251—Follow  Freeborn County Road 26 south to Freeborn County Road 25 west to Freeborn County Road 45 north to I-35 north to Freeborn County Road 35 east to County Road 26 south

The detours are needed while culverts are replaced that cross the highway, requiring construction crews to dig up the portion of the road where these are located. People will still have access to their businesses and homes along the highway.

Project benefits

  • Resurfacing approximately 16.7 miles of Hwy 251 from I-35 east to Hwy 218, mostly in Freeborn County, with a small portion also in Mower County
  • Replacing approach panels on the bridge over I-35
  • Replacing culvert/pipes along the route
  • Improving ADA access in Hollandale
  • Replacing guardrail on Hwy 251

Ulland Brothers is the contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be complete in late October. 
Questions about access to properties or issues encountered can be directed to the contractor’s access manager, Chris Venem, at 507-391-2600.

Motorists can find more information on the plans and sign up for email updates at the MnDOT project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy251-resurfacing or join MnDOT’s SE Minnesota Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. MnDOT is being as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the impact to motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

For traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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