Rock Rapids, Iowa — If you are headed to Ellsworth, Minnesota from our area — or if you’re headed north out of Lester toward Hills or Steen, Minnesota anytime in the next two months — you might want to pay attention.

Those county roads are going to go under construction next week, according to the Lyon County Engineer’s Office. Lyon County Engineer Laura Sievers says that Lyon County Road L14 (formerly Iowa Highway 91) between the Minnesota State Line and Iowa Highway 9, as well as Lyon County Road K30 between the Minnesota State Line and the Lester city limits will both close on Monday, August 13 for road construction work. She says the roads will be closed until October, weather permitting.

Sievers says that during this closure, traffic will be detoured around the two work zones. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

She reminds people that if “road closed” signs are placed far enough apart that you can drive between them, it is only legal to drive on the road to get to a destination IN THE WORK ZONE. If your destination is not in the work zone and you travel through the work zone, that is illegal, and they have asked the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for people abusing the work zone.

Sievers also says that for your safety, she asks that you use extreme caution when using the route between US Highway 75, IA Highway 9 and the construction projects, and beware of increased truck traffic during the paving process. She says up to 450 loads of concrete per day may be hauled to the construction areas.

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