Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Dunn Blacktop Co. held an informational open house Thursday, May 23, for local community members on the upcoming Highway 16 resurfacing project.

During the project they will be replacing and cleaning culverts, guardrails and signs where needed along the highway. As they complete the culverts, workers will follow to resurface the road.

This will be done in two sections.

The first section of the project will begin June 3. This will affect Highway 16 starting at the turn off from Highway 52 near Preston to County Road 5 south of Wykoff.

The second section will start from County Road 5 and end on West Grant Street in Spring Valley. The road will be closed up to the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 16, allowing traffic to move through the intersection.

The highway will be closed during the culvert work, but during the resurfacing they are hoping to have one lane of traffic open.

While the highway is closed traffic will be detoured using County Road 12, Highway 80 and Highway 52.

According to Kristin Kammueller, community relations coordinator for MnDOT, the goal is to have this project completed by mid-August, though she stressed that the timeline is all weather permitting.

For residents of Wykoff this resurfacing will be just the beginning of a busy construction season. Once the Highway 16 resurfacing is completed on the first section, workers will begin its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pedestrian facility improvement project.

This project will update and improve curbs and gutters, storm water grates and sidewalks throughout Wykoff.

When the ADA project is complete MnDOT will begin to resurface Highway 80 to Highway 52. Presumably this will begin in early fall.