Mower Hwy. 56 detour changes July 5; Adams work continues

Published 7:56 am Monday, July 3, 2017

ADAMS — Motorists on Highway 56 will see a detour change beginning July 5 as a new stage of the Adams reconstruction road work begins to replace major utilities in the community, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

This new phase of construction is expected to last until Aug. 15, weather permitting.

The project includes reconstruction of the roadway in the city of Adams with sanitary sewer, water, lighting and drainage utility replacements. Sidewalk replacement, landscaping and ADA pedestrian ramps installation will also be included.

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The stretch of Highway 56 in Adams from Fourth Street west to the west bridge will be closed while the roadway is reconstructed.

The detour route for eastbound Highway 56 motorists will be: Mower County Road 5 south to Mower County Road 7; then south to Mower County Road 6 east until it connects with Highway 56 west of Le Roy.

The detour for westbound Highway 56 motorists will be: County Road 6 west to County Road 7; north to County Road 5; and then north where it connects with Highway 56.

Motorists traveling into Adams will follow Mower County Road 18 north from County Road 6.

This is part of a 16-mile resurfacing project along Highway 56 in Mower County from Taopi to near Interstate 90. The purpose of the project is to replace the aging pavement and improve safety along the corridor. Work includes grading, paving, storm sewer repair as well as guardrail installation along the route.

Mathy Construction is the prime contractor for the $5.2 million project, which will be completed Oct. 6.

To learn more about the project and also sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at