Drivers are advised of encountering loose gravel with no centerline stripe south of Hoffman to the Grant/Douglas county line as part of the construction project on Highway 55 from Barrett to the county line.

The advisory is for from 1-2 weeks as crews prepare the roadway for resurfacing. Depending upon weather, paving is anticipated to start later next week.

The road between Barrett and Hoffman remains closed, and traffic is being detoured to Highways 59 and 27. The bridge over the Pomme de Terre River, just east of Barrett, is under construction and impassable, warns the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The $5.3 million project began Aug. 12, and its completion date is set for the end of the September.

MnDOT encourages drivers to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. For more information, visit the project website at