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Paynesville Press - August 29, 2001

Detour to start on Highways 4 and 55

Detour map Weather permitting, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews will begin construction on a 3.5-mile segment of Highways 4 and 55 east of Paynesville on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Work will be done on Highway 55 between the intersection of Highway 124, just outside the city limits, to the junction with Highway 4, by the five-mile bridge.

Work on this $470,000 project includes concrete rehabilitation, mill overlay, culvert repairs, extensions of right turn lanes, and the construction of five new turn lanes. Two new turning lanes will be added at 160th Street, and single turning lanes at Timberlane Road, Cedardale Road, and Old Lake Road.

During construction, Highways 4 and 55 will be closed to thru traffic, but business access will be maintained. The detour route for Highway 55 is, from the east, via Stearns County Road 180, County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 34, and Highway 124 back to 55. Highway 4 will also be diverted, using Highway 55, Stearns County Road 180, CSAH 34, and Highway 124.

This detour will add an additional mile to the original route of travel.

These detours should last about a month. It is tentatively set to end the first week of October.

Traffic restrictions will be in place for approximately two months. Traffic restrictions on the 3.5-mile stretch of Highway 55 should last until the first week of November, when the project is expected to be completed.

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