Highway 60 four-lane from Windom to Mountain Lake open now
Celebration set for Dec. 14
MANKATO, Minn. – All four lanes of Highway 60 from Windom to Mountain Lake opened to traffic Thursday, Nov. 29. This opening marks the completion of the Highway 60 four-lane expansion from the Iowa border to Mankato.
Traffic control was removed from the Windom to Mountain Lake Highway 60 segment around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Permanent lane markings and final turf establishment will take place in 2019.
The 8-mile, 2-year construction project was the final in a recent series of Highway 60 four-lane expansion projects to fill in the gaps of two-lane segments. Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded the Windom to Mountain Lake project with a bid of $19.7 million and Mathiowetz also constructed most of the Highway 60 expansion over several years. Mountain Lake to Butterfield was constructed in 2015 and Butterfield to St. James was constructed in 2013-14. Construction to convert Highway 60 to four-lanes between Iowa and Mankato began over 50 years ago.
The completed Highway 60 corridor provides better safety and more mobility with the four-lane divided highway design. It also better serves the area economy with regional connectivity from Sioux City, Iowa to the Twin Cities (via Highway 169 from Mankato).
The Southwest Highway 60 Corporation is hosting a celebration of the completed corridor at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the Gathering Church in Bingham Lake and a luncheon and program of speeches by local dignitaries will follow at the Windom Emergency Services Facility. Anyone interested in attending needs to contact Kaila at the Worthington Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919.