The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists traveling during the 2023 Memorial Day holiday weekend to focus on safety when driving through work zones by slowing down and being attentive.  The three-day weekend is the unofficial kickoff for summer travel, and it’s expected that more drivers will be on the roads than previous weekends, which can cause traffic slowdowns or backups, especially near work zones.  KAUS News spoke with Mike Dougherty, Director of Public Engagement and Communications with MnDOT District 6 in Rochester who stated that there are several work zones for motorists to be aware of in southeastern Minnesota, including a repaving project taking place on U.S. Highway 218 between Blooming Prairie and Owatonna…

Dougherty went on to state that a reconstruction project for Highway 218 through the city of Blooming Prairie is still scheduled to take place in 2024…

Dougherty stated that other work zones around southeastern Minnesota to watch for not only for the Memorial Day weekend, but moving forward for the summer include U.S. Highway 52 from Zumbrota to Cannon Falls, U.S. Highway 14 from Rochester to Byron, Highway 30 in Chatfield, Highway 57 in Kasson, and U.S. Highway 61 at Withers Harbor Bridge in Red Wing.  You can find road updates and other work zones and detours around the state by logging on to MnDOT’s webpage at 

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