South Central Minnesota: Traveling in search of July 4 fireworks? Keep your cool in work zones.
MANKATO, Minn. – With holiday celebrations throughout the state and forecasts of warm weather over the July 4 weekend, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges all motorists to slow down, plan ahead and “keep cool” while driving through work zones.
More than 200 projects will be underway on state roads this construction season. While most work will be suspended over the July 4 holiday, work zones will remain in place for many projects throughout the state. MnDOT recommends that motorists visit www.511mn.org to get information about road construction projects and traffic impacts before they head out, think about alternate routes and prepare for slower moving traffic.
Motorists should also be aware that the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
Some of the highway projects in south central and southwest Minnesota that may affect weekend travel include:
- Highway 13, Waseca: closed between 6th Avenue Southeast and 2nd Avenue Southeast, detour
- Highway 14/Riverfront Drive, Mankato: entrance and exit ramps closed, detour
- Highway 19 downtown New Prague: road is closed, detour
- Highway 60 Madison Lake to Elysian: closed from the junction with Highway 14 east of Eagle Lake to Elysian, detour
- Highway 91 Adrian: closed for the replacement of the bridge over I-90. I-90 is open to through traffic
- Highway 99 Nicollet to St. Peter: road is closed, detour
- Interstate 90 westbound, Beaver Creek to Luverne: lane and ramp closures
- Interstate 90 eastbound, west of Jackson: lane and ramp closures
For a complete list of projects by highway or region, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html.
Motorists can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as by signing up for email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.