MARSHALL - Summer road construction will be upon area residents very soon, including some state projects requiring a detour in Marshall.
Representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation held an open-house in Marshall on Monday evening to answer questions about upcoming construction on Minnesota Highway 19 between Marshall and Ivanhoe.
Construction on Highway 19 will begin in May within Marshall city limits, between West College Drive and the Marshall airport. MnDOT project engineer Nick Klisch said the construction will have a detour, because two bridges will need to be closed for repairs - one near Legion Field Road, and one near Channel Parkway.
Those bridges will be closed on May 6, he said. The detour will run from Lyon County Road 7 in Marshall out to Minnesota Highway 23.
Klisch said MnDOT will try to finish work on the bridges quickly to help restore local traffic access to Marshall residents along Highway 19. However, he said the bridge project near Legion Field Road "will have the largest impact, with the most unknowns."
The bridge is a historic structure, and features like railings and light poles will need to be restored to look like their original design, Klisch said. He said MnDOT will be working with Marshall residents to help ensure they have access to their homes, as well as businesses and county offices located off Highway 19. The road will remain open to local traffic only between Channel Parkway and Legion Field Road.
Klisch said the main entrance to the Marshall Aquatic Center would remain open, but people attending sporting events at Legion Field should look for parking along Legion Field Road instead of Highway 19.
In June, MnDOT will also be working on Highway 19 between Marshall and Ivanhoe. Construction will include resurfacing the highway, re-grading the curves at the intersection with 270th Ave. in Lincoln County, and handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramps within the city of Ivanhoe. Highway 19 will remain open during construction, with flags and pilot cars, Klisch said.
Both portions of the construction on Highway 19 have a tentative completion date of mid-August, Klisch said.
Klisch said during the weekend, MnDOT mailed out informational fliers to Marshall residents affected by the construction. MnDOT will also be alerting residents and motorists of construction through its 511 information service and on Twitter and @mndotsouthwest. Klisch said he would also be available to answer specific local questions on the Highway 19 construction, like when a resident's driveway may be blocked. Klisch said those kinds of questions or concerns should be directed to his e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.