A portion of Highway 6 in Crow Wing County, which has been closed since mid-April, opened to through traffic this morning.
Work will continue in the six-mile segment, south of Emily, for approximately two more weeks as crews finish a number of items associated with the construction, such as relocating mailboxes moved during construction and placing straw mulch throughout the area to prevent soil erosion this winter, said Paul Koenig, Minnesota Department of Transportation project supervisor.
Motorists and residents are reminded to be alert for workers in the construction zone and watch for intermittent lane closures through mid-November.
Next spring, crews will pave the final layer of bituminous (blacktop) and the shoulders and driveways (not to include gravel field entrances). In addition, final striping will be placed and the final turf establishment to include seeding will be completed.
"This has been a long and challenging project for residents, motorists and construction crews alike and we are looking forward to completing the project in the spring," added Koenig.
The $4.6 million Highway 6 improvement project included grading, a new pavement surface, shoulder widening and construction of right turn lanes.
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