Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Spring Valley to Preston is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Highway 16 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs.

Motorists should expect slight delays as flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic once paving begins in early September.

When the project is complete, motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway with new guardrail. Dunn Blacktop Co., a division of Mathy Construction, is the prime contractor for the $5.2 million project.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.