FILLMORE CO., Minn.- A construction project started today that will likely impact your travel in the next 4 weeks. Crews are set to chip seal highways in 8 counties across the region.
So, what is chip sealing?
It’s when crews add a thin layer of black asphalt to the road before putting small gravel rocks on top to seal the highway.
MnDots public affairs coordinator Anne Meyer, tells us the project is about being proactive and also making highways smoother, by filling small cracks and holes.
That's not all, she says there's one other major benefit of chip sealing
“It also gives it a little protection in skid prevention as well,” said Meyer.
Crews who were out working today said the texture of the gravel will help cars break faster if needed.
They also said tomorrow they'll wrap up work on the highway 44 section of road.
Meyer tells KIMT that drivers should expect delays.
Here’s a list of Highways scheduled for chip sealing:
• Highway 44 in Fillmore/Houston counties from Highway 52 to 3rd Avenue in Spring Grove
• Highway 52 in Fillmore County from the Iowa State Line to County Road 22 north of Harmony
• Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Pleasant St. in Lanesboro to Highway 43 near Rushmore
• Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Center Ave. in Spring Valley to Highway 52 near Preston
• Highway 56 in Fillmore/Mower counties from Highway 63 to Ada St. in LeRoy
• Highway 63 in Mower/Olmsted counties from Highway 16 to Stewartville city limits
• Highway 30 in Olmsted/Dodge counties from Highway 56 near Hayfield to Highway 63
• Highway 30 in Steele County from County Road 45 to Highway 218 in Blooming Prairie
• Highway 30 in Waseca/Steele counties from Highway 13 near New Richmond to east of Ellendale
• Highway 13 in Freeborn/Waseca counties from Highway 69 in Albert Lea to Highway 30 in New Richmond
• Highway 65 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Shore Drive in Albert Lea
• Highway 69 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Highway 13 in Albert Lea
Highway 218 in Mower County from the Iowa State Line to I-90 in Austin
All these highways across southeast Minnesota is expected to completed in 4 weeks, depending on the weather.