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State construction plan includes Highway 60

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Highway 60 from Kenyon to Zumbrota will be resurfaced this summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The mill and overlay project is part of MnDOT's $1.4 billion construction program.

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The project spans 15 miles and will cost almost $3.3 million. Work is slated to run from July through September, according to MnDOT.

Drivers should expect daily lane closures with flaggers. There will be a detour between Kenyon and Wanamingo during culvert replacement.

MnDOT's will work on 38 southern Minnesota projects during this year's construction season.

The state will also reurface another portion of Highway 60 starting in Rice County and ending at Huseth Avenue in Kenyon.

That $1.1 million project is scheduled to begin in May and will cause daily lane closures with flaggers.

"More than tripling the dollar amount spent on road and bridge construction in 2008, southeast Minnesota will see a number of projects this summer ranging from bridge replacements and highway overlays to safety projects like traffic signal installations," said Nelrae Succio, MnDOT District 6 engineer.

Other area projects include in MnDOT's summer construction plan include:

• Highway 42 in Wabasha County -- Install wet reflective pavement markings from Plainview to Kellogg

• Highway 61 in Wabasha County -- Resurfacing northbound lanes from Winona to Kellogg and southbound lanes from Highway 14 to Highway 248.

Centerline and shoulder rumble strips, intersection lighting, guardrail improvements and preventative maintenance will be completed along a number of roads throughout District 6.

"People sometimes say Minnesota has two seasons -- winter and road construction," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. "This past winter was pretty intense and this upcoming construction season will be, too."

In addition to locally funded and MnDOT projects, officials announced earlier this year that two bridges in Goodhue County will be replaced or repaired with federal economic stimulus money.

A new bridge will be built on Highway 19 over Highway 52 west of Cannon Falls with $3 million in federal funds.

Highway 61 over Withers Harbor Drive in Red Wing will see $225,000 in repairs.

Both bridges are maintained by the MnDOT. Work on both structures is expected to begin in September.

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