RUSHFORD, Minn. (WXOW) - Construction on Highway 43 in Rushford will start Monday, June 23.
Motorist can expect some delays and detours as crews work to replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one mile stretch of the road in the city.
Due to the construction, semis and other heavy vehicles traveling on Interstate 90 to Rushford should take the Highway 76 exit to Houston and turn west onto Highway 16 to Rushford.
Southbound motorists will be directed east a few blocks to a residential street that runs parallel to the highway into downtown. The southbound detour is open to all passenger vehicles and light trucks (under 7,000 pounds).
Motorists traveling northbound on Highway 43 will be able to cross the Highway 43/16 bridge across the Root River and turn west onto Highway 16 as they enter Rushford and either continue or take the signed detour route northbound.
Much of the water and sewer system under the road has been in place for nearly 100 years. When the project is complete,the city said motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway; businesses and residents will have updated and repaired utilities that are expected to last 50 years or more.
McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wisconsin, is the prime contractor for the $2.97 million project.
For more information, including maps, on this project go to www.rushford.govoffice.com and click on the Highway 43 link on the left or go to MnDOT's construction website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy43-rushford/index.html
Motorists or businesses may call the Rushford City Hall, 507-864-2444 for more information.
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