On Tuesday, members of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 7 Office, updated the Faribault County Board of Commissioners on the upcoming highway plans as well as a review of ongoing projects within the district.
The biggest project underway in Faribault County is the resurfacing of both the eastbound and westbound lane of Interstate 90 from Highway 169 at Blue Earth to Highway 22 south of Wells. The two year project involves not only the resurfacing of the highway, but also repairing six bridges, culvert and lighting. The sidewalks at the two I-90 rest areas will be improved to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Work on Highway 22 between Mapleton and Wells is almost complete and the road has been reopened.
Reconstruction on Highway 22 from Wells to County Road 16 is not scheduled to begin until 2029, with work on Highway 22 from County Road 16 south to the Iowa State Line is not scheduled to begin until 2031. Work on the Highway 109/22 project, within the Wells City Limits is still scheduled for 2026.
MnDOT is also working with the city of Elmore about resurfacing Highway 169 through town.