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July 8, 2021

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UPDATE: Due to construction delays, Hwy 60 between Eagle Lake and Elysian (Phase 1) is anticipated to remain closed to through traffic until late next week, weather permitting. A portion of construction on Highway 60 between Elysian and Waterville (Phase 2) began earlier this week. The full implementation of the Phase 2 detour will begin upon the removal of the Phase 1 detour. Additional work to replace sidewalks in the City of Madison Lake will continue after Highway 60 opens to traffic.

Hwy 60 Madison Lake to Elysian construction progressing; minor modification to Phase 2 detour begins July 12

Construction moves to Phase 2, Elysian to Waterville, on July 16  

MANKATO, Minn. – Construction on Highway 60 from the junction of Highway 14 east of Eagle Lake to the City of Elysian has been progressing well, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Construction on this first phase began on April 15 and is expected to be complete by July 16. The detour consists of Highway 14 and Waseca County Road 3.

Starting July 16, construction will move to Phase 2 and will take place on Highway 60 from the City of Elysian to the junction with Highway 13 at Waterville. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 13 in Waterville, Le Sueur County Road 12 (Tetonka Lake Road), Le Sueur County Road 11 and Highway 60. Construction is expected to be complete in October.  

In effort to take advantage of favorable weather to expedite completion of the project, a minor modification to the Phase 2 detour is planned to begin on Monday, July 12, weather permitting. Highway 60 east of the intersection with Waseca County Road 3 will be closed to through traffic to allow the contractor to begin work on this section.  Traffic that would be directed west on Highway 60 at the intersection with Le Sueur County Road 11 will instead be detoured east on Highway 60 to the intersection of Waseca County Road 3 (East Elysian Lake Road), and then follow the Phase 1 detour toward Janesville. All way stops will be also be implemented at the intersection of Le Sueur County Roads 11 and 12.  A map of the short term detour modification is available online at: mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy60madisonlake.

MnDOT officials have been working closely with the cities of Madison Lake, Elysian and Waterville over the past few years to prepare for the project that includes:

  • Pavement improvements throughout the 17-mile corridor
    • Reclaim pavement and resurface
    • Reconstruction through Madison Lake
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Update pedestrian ramps to meet ADA requirements
  • Remove and replace sections of poor sidewalk and curb & gutter
  • Turn lanes and access modifications
  • County road lighting
  • Upgrade infrastructure in Madison Lake

The improvements will provide a smoother roadway and increase safety.

Ulland Brothers, Inc. was awarded the projects with a bid of $20,167,682.08.

Detour maps, a fly through video of the improvements in Madison Lake and more project information can be found at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy60madisonlake.  Interested persons can also sign up for email updates at this site.