(Glenwood, MN)  Signs are up along Highway 29 between Alexandria and Glenwood alerting motorists of two upcoming MnDOT projects on or near Highway 29 between Alexandria and Glenwood.  Both are set to begin Monday, July 19th.  The first is a shorter-term project, as crews replace a culvert near Lake Reno.  Motorists will encounter a road closure on Highway 29 between Interstate 94 in Alexandria to Highway 55 in Glenwood. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 27, Highway 114 and Highway 55 for approximately nine days.   

The work is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s districtwide culvert improvement project in west central Minnesota. Crews will be replacing and repairing existing culverts along several Minnesota highways, including: 

  • Highway 28, west of Beardsley
  • Highway 29, between Glenwood and Interstate 94
  • Highway 75, between Highway 55 and Wheaton
  • Highway 79, west of Erdahl
  • Highway 104, west of Terrace
  • Highway 108, east of Ottertail
  • Highway 108, north of Henning
  • Highway 114, between Lowry and Highway 27
  • Highway 210, east of Fergus Falls
  • Highway 210, east of Vining

Immediately following the work on Highway 29, crews will close Highway 114 north of Lowry. Traffic will be detoured to County Road 26, County Road 7 and County Road 11 in Farwell for approximately five days, weather permitting.

For all other culvert locations, motorists can expect to encounter lane closures and flaggers where crews are working. There are 11 total culverts that will be repaired. Depending on the fix, crews may spend anywhere from one to seven days at each culvert location.

The second project, closer to Glenwood, is the Highway 29 Overpass project.  Also starting on Monday, July 19, construction begins on Highway 55 near Glenwood.  The roadway will close between Highway 29 and 160th Street. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 29 and Highway 28 in Glenwood until October.

During construction, local traffic will have access to Highway 55 in Glenwood, between Highway 28 and 160th Street, but the roadway will be closed to all traffic between 160th Street and Highway 29.

The work is part of a two-year project to construct an overpass bridge on Highway 29. The overpass will eliminate an “at grade” crossing with the Canadian Pacific railway system and address safety and congestion issues. This year, crews will realign Highway 55, moving it closer to the railroad to minimize the length of the future bridge. In addition, they will reconstruct 160th Street and build the roundabout at the Highway 55/160th Street intersection.

In Spring 2022, crews will return to begin construction of the Highway 29 bridge and second roundabout at the Highway 29/160th Street intersection.

RR Schroeder Construction, Inc., based out of Glenwood, is the prime contractor for the $9.4 million project. For more information about the project and to sign up for email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/d4/projects/glenwoodoverpass.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

Work zone safety is the responsibility of all. MnDOT urges travelers to always drive with caution, and reminds everyone to:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.