Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 11, 2018

Chip sealing starts July 16 in southeast Minnesota, eight counties impacted

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter minor traffic delays beginning Monday, July 16 on various state highways in eight southeast Minnesota counties as crews begin chip sealing work to help preserve the roadways, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Motorists will take turns using the single open lane while being directed by flaggers. Delays should be minimal through the work zone. Work should be completed by mid-August.

Highways scheduled for chip sealing work include:

  • Highway 44 in Fillmore/Houston counties from Highway 52 to 3rd Avenue in Spring Grove
  • Highway 52 in Fillmore County from the Iowa State Line to County Road 22 north of Harmony
  • Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Pleasant St. in Lanesboro to Highway 43 near Rushmore
  • Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Center Ave. in Spring Valley to Highway 52 near Preston
  • Highway 56 in Fillmore/Mower counties from Highway 63 to Ada St. in LeRoy
  • Highway 63 in Mower/Olmsted counties from Highway 16 to Stewartville city limits
  • Highway 30 in Olmsted/Dodge counties from Highway 56 near Hayfield to Highway 63
  • Highway 30 in Steele County from County Road 45 to Highway 218 in Blooming Prairie
  • Highway 30 in Waseca/Steele counties from Highway 13 near New Richland to east of Ellendale
  • Highway 13 in Freeborn/Waseca counties from Highway 69 in Albert Lea to Highway 30 in New Richland
  • Highway 65 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Shore Drive in Albert Lea
  • Highway 69 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Highway 13 in Albert Lea
  • Highway 218 in Mower County from the Iowa State Line to I-90 in Austin

Chip sealing involves applying a thin film of heated asphalt on the road surface, followed by the placement of small aggregates or "chips." The chips are then compacted to allow for maximum adherence to the asphalt and excess stone is swept away. Chip sealing protects the pavement from the effects of sun and water, increases skid resistance, fills small cracks and other surface defects. Learn more at MnDOT’s Road Knowledge website www.dot.state.mn.us/information/roads/chip-seal.html.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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