Crews are closing in on the Highway 99 paving from Highway 13 to Highway 21, but more work remains and the detour will stay in place until early October.
While the paving is nearly complete, Highway 99 east of Highway 13 remains closed to all except local traffic (those who reside or are doing business along the route). Crews will be working on shoulders, rumble strips and striping. Customers can access the Montgomery Apple Orchard on Highway 99 from Highway 13.
MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to drive around a road closed barricade and individuals can be charged with a misdemeanor with up to 90 days in jail and/or $1000 fine.
The detour for Highway 99 at Cleveland was removed August 20, however, work continues on that stretch of roadway as well. Motorists are advised to continue to drive with caution through the work zones and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control.
Remaining work in Cleveland includes paving the Highway 99 intersection with Broadway, seeding and landscaping. Highway 99 has been seal-coated, but striping work remains.
Near St. Peter work has begun to add a left turn lane at the Rabbit Road and in early September, Highway 99 from the Minnesota River Bridge to the railroad crossing will be resurfaced.
More information and the detour map for Highway 99 between Highway 13 and Highway 21 can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy99/.
Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye was awarded the project with a bid of $8,235,082.
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