The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists to focus on safety when driving through work zones by slowing down and being attentive as we head through the summer driving season.  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 that has been nearly completed on U.S. Highway 218 between Blooming Prairie and Owatonna…

MnDOT recently reported that a reconstruction project for Highway 218 through the city of Blooming Prairie scheduled for 2024 has been postponed to 2025, and Dougherty stated that contaminated soil beneath a section of property that needed to be acquired for the project was the reason for the delay…

Dougherty stated that other work zones around southeastern Minnesota to watch for moving forward for the summer include Interstate 35, which is down to two lanes of traffic both north and south of the city of Faribault, and also south of Owatonna due to road work, 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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