Four separate projects on Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Houston are part of more than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced last week.

Highway 44 east of the intersection with Highway 52 to Spring Grove and Highway 80 from Highway 16 through Wykoff and to Highway 52 are other area roads on the list of construction projects.

Local projects include the following:

• Highway 16 in Houston: Install accessible pedestrian ramps (ADA compliant) at a cost of $143,750 May through July. The project will cause intermittent lane and shoulder closures. The purpose is to provide a more accessible intersection.

• Highway 16 from Highway 52 to Lanesboro: Resurface the road at a cost of $1.97 million from June to September. There will be daily lane closures with flaggers/pilot car, short-term detour during culvert replacements. The benefit will be a smoother, safer highway, according to MnDOT.

• Highway 16 Lanesboro to Rushford: Resurface road at a cost of $6.5 million, May through October. Highway 16 will be closed with a detour. The benefit will be a smoother, safer highway.

• Highway 16 Spring Valley to Preston: Resurface road at a cost of $5.241 million, from June to September. The project will cause daily lane closures with flaggers/pilot car, two short-term detours during culvert replacements. The benefit will be a smoother, safer highway.

• Highway 44 from Highway 52 to Spring Grove: Resurface road at a cost of $5.7 million from June to September. The project will cause daily lane closures with flaggers, short-term detour during culvert repairs. The benefit will be a smoother, safer highway.

• Highway 80 from Highway 16 to Highway 52 in Fillmore County: Resurface road at a cost of $1.3 million in the fall. There will be daily lane closures with flaggers/pilot car. The benefit will be a smoother, safer highway.

"The $1.1 billion that we are investing in our state transportation system this year will increase regional connections throughout the state, as well as support jobs and community-building that make Minnesota a great place to live and do business," said Charlie Zelle, MnDOT commissioner.

"The transportation infrastructure is a key component to our state's economy. This work helps ensure that motorists can continue to get to work, to recreation and that goods and services can get to us."

The 2013 construction program includes work on 87 projects in the Twin Cities and 193 projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 57 projects statewide will improve safety at railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks, make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports, and improve transit centers.

Because of the number of work zones motorists will encounter as crews perform road construction and maintenance work, MnDOT asks drivers to be alert on the road this summer.

MnDOT urges motorists to:

• Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.

• Minimize distractions (e.g., don't use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)

• Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.

• Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

"We understand that some of these construction projects may temporarily add time to your commutes, and we appreciate your cooperation in keeping yourselves - and our crews - safe," Zelle said.

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/construction.

In addition, motorists can keep informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as signing up to receive email updates at www.mndot.gov.