A project to replace rumble strips on state highways 61 and 16 near La Crescent that began Tuesday, Oct. 24, should please bicyclists and residents, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Lane and shoulder closures were planned on highways 61  and 16 near La Crescent during the work and single lane traffic with flaggers was planned for Hwy. 16 south of La Crescent, the news release said. The project was expected to take several days to complete, weather permitting.

Construction crews were scheduled to replace the current rumble strip on highways 61  and 16 with a sinusoidal strip or "mumble strip," which is meant to reduce noise pollution for residents and bicyclists. As part of the project, crews planned to add pavement around guards rails along Hwy. 61 and extend the mumble strip closer to La Crescent.

The work was planned after the department of transportation received feedback from the bicycling community, the statement from the department said.

Bicyclists, speaking after a road resurfacing project this summer on highways 61 and 16, told the department they preferred a rumble strip near the fog line instead of the current placement near the outside shoulder. The fog line is the solid white line at the right edge of a roadway.

Mathy Construction was the prime contractor on the $150,000 project, the department of transportation news release said.

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