New detour on Highway 16 this week

Minnesota Highway 16 traffic from Spring Valley to Highway 63 was scheduled to reopen beginning June 10, but a short-term detour between Highway 63 west and Mower County Road 8 will be in place for approximately one week after that opening to the east, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

A culvert replacement west of Highway 63 on Highway 16 was scheduled to begin on June 10, meaning westbound Highway 16 traffic will detour north at Highway 63 to west Mower County Road 2 to southbound Mower County Road 8. The detour is in reverse for eastbound Highway 16 traffic. This detour is expected to last approximately a week, weather permitting.

Once that is completed, approximately June 17, Highway 16 will follow the detour from Highway 63 west: Highway 63 north to Mower County 2 west to Mower County Road 7 into Dexter. This detour is expected to last more than two months, weather permitting.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, the prime contractor, is scheduled to repave approximately 15 miles of Highway 16 from Spring Valley to Grand Meadow to Dexter. The project should be complete by mid-October.