March 15, 2012 - 11:45 am - Posted in News

If you’re headed for the twin cities or many other destinations in Minnesota on Highway 60, you might want to listen up.

You’re probably aware that the Minnesota Department of Transportation or MnDOT is in the process of gradually upgrading Highway 60 in the Worthington area to a four-lane divided highway.

But the detour that has been in place to allow the work has now been changed — and it’s going to add some extra time and miles to your trip.

The Highway 60 detour has been changed to Nobles County Road 2 (340th Street), County Road 13 and Interstate 90. That will take you about seven miles back WEST on the state line road, and then north to Rushmore. There, you’ll pick up I-90 and take it to Worthington to meet up again with Highway 60. That’s about 27 miles. The old detour was 15 miles. If Highway 60 were open — it would only be 11 miles.

The current Highway 60 detour of County Road 4 and County Road 5 will be closed except to local traffic while crews make pavement repairs. County Roads 4 and 5 will also be restricted to 7 ton per axle load limits during the spring thaw.

The repairs are necessary to preserve the remaining life of the pavement. The detour route was in rough shape from the added traffic over the winter and the most recent early thaw resulted in additional damage. The detour to Rushmore will need to remain in place until repairs are complete. Those are to be made as soon as feasible.

MnDOT’s initial plans did not include using the detour over the winter, but the state government shutdown significantly delayed some of the construction on Highway 60.

Construction on Highway 60 itself will resume as soon as weather permits. In addition to the first and second phases of the project and the railroad bridge replacement, work on the third phase from County Road 35 to I-90 will begin this summer.

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