Area travelers will want to keep an eye on the roads this summer, as State Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) said many are scheduled to receive needed construction improvements.

"The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released its road construction project list for both 2013 and 2014, and roads in Fillmore and Houston counties are high on the priority list," Davids said.

This summer, three sections of Highway 16 - between Lanesboro and Rushford, between Lanesboro and Highway 52 and between Spring Valley to Preston - will be resurfaced.

Highway 26 between Highway 16 and the Iowa border will also be repaved next summer, as will Highway 80 between Highway 16 and Highway 52.

Finally, Highway 44 will be repaved from Highway 52 to Spring Grove with five bridges also being replaced.

In 2014, Highway 43 will be reconstructed near Rushford while bridges will be replaced along Highway 16 in Lanesboro and along Highway 26 near Brownsville. A retaining wall will also be reconstructed along Highway 44 in Hokah.

"Improving our highways is one of my top legislative priorities, and I'm confident our residents will be pleased with these safer roads," Davids concluded.