Here in Minnesota, people like to joke that there are two seasons: winter and road construction.
We have had plenty of winter, so let's move on, shall we?
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released its list of construction projects scheduled for southeast Minnesota.
The projects stretch from Owatonna to Winona and will include an expansion of U.S. 14 to four lanes. The $15 million project will widen the road from U.S. 218 to Steele County Road 180, a two-mile stretch about two miles east of Owatonna.
The work will run from late this summer to fall 2015 and includes a short-term detour, shoulder closures and lane shifts.
Also on the list:
• U.S. 52 in Goodhue County will see the construction of a quadrant interchange from south of Goodhue County Road 9 to north of Goodhue County Road 1; traffic on County Road 9 will be detoured, and U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
The work is scheduled to begin this month and wrap up in November at a cost of $6.7 million.
• Construction on the Cannon Falls interchange that began last summer will continue, with work expected to wrap up in September. It carries a price tag of $14.3 million.
• The 55th Street bridge in northwest Rochester will be widened, said Mike Dougherty, a spokesman for MnDOT. The bridge is four lanes but will get an expansion, with work to begin this month. Intersection improvements will be made, and the traffic signal timing will be revised.
Expect long-term lane closures on 55th Street Northwest until late September.
• Interstate 90 will see concrete pavement rehabilitation from August through October. The work on the 12-mile stretch of eastbound lanes will run from about a mile east of U.S. 63 to 1.4 miles east of Olmsted County Road 19. Expect long-term lane closures during the $2 million project.
• I-90 in Winona County will be resurfaced and rehabilitated from May through August for $10 million. The nine-mile project will start about a mile west of Minnesota Highway 76 and wrap up at the Winona County Road 12 overpass.
Traffic will be head-to-head in the westbound lanes.
• U.S. 63 in Olmsted and Mower counties will see a $5 million, 11-mile resurfacing and rehabilitation project from May through August. The work will begin at the west junction of Minnesota Highway 16 to the south end of the Root River Bridge in Stewartville.
Mill and overlay work will be done from Mower County Road 2 north of Deer Creek to Mower County Road 1 in Racine. Maintenance of Deer Creek and Bear Creek bridges also will be completed; expect a four- to six-week detour, followed by daily lane closures with flaggers.
• Two bridges on Minnesota Highway 16 near Lanesboro will be replaced in this million-dollar project that will run from June through August. Traffic will be detoured.