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Pavement marking project in west central Minnesota begins Aug. 7

Motorists on west central Minnesota highways will encounter lane closures when a pavement marking project begins August 7.

Crews will install rumble stripes along the edges of the following road segments and paint over them with highly reflective paint:

--Highway 210 between Battle Lake and Highway 29

--Highway 78 between Battle Lake and Interstate 94

--Highway 55 between Elbow Lake and Barrett

--Highway 27 between Wheaton and Herman

--Highway 59 between Highway 27 and Morris

--Highway 59 between Highway 12 and Appleton

--Highway 12 between Highway 59 and Benson

--Highway 12 between Benson and Kerkhoven

The rumble stripes will improve safety on these highways because they reduce run-off-the-road crashes. Comprehensive research studies have shown a 20 percent reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes once they are installed. Also, the wet reflective paint will make edge lines much more visible in the dark and wet driving conditions.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For statewide travel information, visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to