Starting Monday, April 29, a road construction project will cause drivers on Highways 55, 59 and 79 to encounter alternating lane shifts/closures and parking restrictions in Elbow Lake.

Crews will begin with storm sewer work on Highway 55, with cross-street intersections possibly closing temporarily in areas crews are working. From there, crews are expected to move to the north end of the project, resurfacing Highways 59 and 79.

Access to businesses and residences along the work zone will be maintained during the project, which is set to be completed by the end of June. Riley Bros Construction of Morris is the prime contractor for the $2.6 million project.

Public information meetings will be held each Friday at noon to provide construction updates, upcoming traffic impacts and an opportunity for the public to ask questions. The meetings will be at the Grant County Office Building, 15 Central Ave. N., in Elbow Lake.

Benefits of the project are listed as: a smoother road surface; pedestrian accessibility improvements, including upgraded sidewalks and curb ramps; and storm sewer upgrades. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the project website