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April 13, 2021

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Hwy 21 lane closures begin April 19 in Rice County at Shieldsville

SHIELDSVILLE, Minn. — Motorists on Hwy 21 in Rice County at Shieldsville will encounter lane closures beginning April 19 as crews start resurfacing, making intersection improvements and repairing culverts, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Work includes resurfacing approximately eight miles of Hwy 21 from about one mile west of Interstate 35 to Hwy 99. New turn lanes/bypass lanes will be installed at Shields Court, Mazaska Lake Trail, Lake Mazaska Boat Launch and French Lake Trail. Additionally, the Rice County Road 62 (Halstad Avenue) intersection will be improved, and overhead lighting will be added for safety. Culvert repairs will also be done in several locations. A map showing the locations of the work can be found on the project website.

Crane Creek Asphalt is the prime contractor on the $2,807,388 project. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting. The turn lane at the Lake Mazaska Boat Launch is the priority and is estimated to be completed by early May, if weather permits.


Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Find up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions at 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving)
  • Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones

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