Highway 63 south of Stewartville is opening to traffic again on Friday, June 20, after several weeks of a detour, but motorists should expect delays as the work shifts from bridges to resurfacing.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) stated in a press release this week crews would start resurfacing the roadway on Monday, June 23, beginning in Stewartville and working south to the junction with Highway 16.

The work is expected to take three to four weeks, weather permitting. During this time a pilot car will lead traffic through the paving and milling operations and delays of up to 10 minutes should be expected.

The project is estimated to be completed by early August with no work being preformed during Stewartville SummerFest on July 3 and 4.

For officials at Deer Creek Speedway, the detour lift could not have come at a better time. They are hosting the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour for the first time and are expecting one of the biggest crowds of the season this Saturday.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For more information check out the project's website at ww.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy63-resurfacing.