Highway 55 detour through Delano has begun

WRIGHT AND HENNEPIN COUNTIES, MN – Did it seem like there was more traffic on Highway 12 Monday morning? Motorists can expect more of the same for up to the next seven-plus weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Motorists who travel Highway 55 between Division Street in Buffalo, and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive Rockford, need to plan alternative routes throughout that time..

A signed detour is directing traffic along a 20-mile detour that follows County Road 92/Dogwood Street, County Road 11, County Road 139/County Line Road, Highway 12 through Delano, and Highway 25. The detour adds 13.5 miles to the trip.

While the road will be closed to through traffic, all businesses and local residences located along Highway 55 will remain accessible throughout the project.

All lanes of Highway 55 between Division Street in Buffalo and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive Rockford, will open by Friday, Aug. 31, according to MnDOT.

The closure is part of a major project to reconstruct and improve Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford in 2018. The project will reconstruct the road between Division Street in Buffalo and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive in Rockford, resurface between Autumn Oaks Drive and the Crow River bridge in Rockford, replace or repair underground culverts, remove cattle passes, upgrade guardrail, install a new center left-turn lane at Highway 55/Walnut Place, upgrade the Highway 55/Main Street signal, and improve sidewalks in Rockford.

When complete, the project will improve the ride along 7.5 miles of Highway 55, and improve drainage, safety and accessibility, according to the MnDOT.

Stay informed

To get the latest information and maps, or to sign up to have important project email updates including advance notice of future traffic changes sent directly to your inbox, visit the project’s website.

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This map submitted by MnDOT shows the official detour for Highway 55 during a seven-plus week closure. Note: Division Street in Buffalo west of Highway 55 does not connect to the highway as shown on the map.

This map submitted by MnDOT shows the official detour for Highway 55 during a seven-plus week closure. Note: Division Street in Buffalo west of Highway 55 does not connect to the highway as shown on the map.

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