MANKATO The construction of two additional lanes for Highway 60 between St. James and Butterfield has progressed to a point where a detour beginning Monday, Aug. 19 is necessary for constructing the connections.
Traffic will be detoured to Highway 4 and Watonwan County Roads 10 and 5 for about two months. The detour adds five miles.
The project consists of grading, paving and bridge work for two additional lanes south of the current two lanes. It is a two-year project with grading, connections and bridge work in 2013 and paving and final bridge work in 2014.
This project is the first of three planned to complete the expansion of Highway 60 to four lanes. The gap between Butterfield and Mountain Lake is scheduled for construction in 2015-16, and the section from Mountain Lake to Windom is planned to begin in 2017. For more project information, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60stjames/ .
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the contractor on the $14 million project from St. James to Butterfield.