PLAINVIEW — One of the most commonly used roads leading to Plainview and Wabasha County points beyond – Minnesota Highway 247 – will be closed for nearly two months this summer.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a virtual meeting Wednesday night to outline its plans to replace four culverts near Potsdam, an unincorporated town about 8 miles east of Plainview, and repair several more culverts along the highway, including a few near Plainview Elementary School.

The $1.5 million project also will include repair and relining of a culvert at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63 and Wabasha County Road 7, a few miles north of the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 247.

Paul Zager, MnDOT project manager for District 6, said the project is set to begin July 12 and run for 32 working days, which should mean the project is substantially completed by the end of August.

Much the work will be done without disturbing the roadway, Zager said. However, there are a few places where the road must be dug up.

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A detour for traffic heading east on Highway 247 would turn south on Olmsted County Road 11 before going east again on Olmsted County Road 21/Wabasha County Road 25 before turning north on Wabasha County Road 2 to return to Highway 247. Traffic heading west on Highway 247 would reverse those directions.

Zager said the culvert work at County Road 7 will not require any detours.

Anyone wanting updates on the project should register for emails through the project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy247/index.html. MnDOT hopes to send out alerts two weeks before any major changes occur.