Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Motorist will encounter minor traffic delays starting Monday on various state highways in eight southeast Minnesota counties as crews start chip sealing working to help preserve roadways.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Motorist will take turns using the single lane while being directed by flaggers. Delays should be minimal throughout the work zone and should be completed by mid-August.

Several highways will be impacted including:

• Highway 44 in Fillmore/Houston counties from Highway 52 to 3rd Avenue in Spring Grove
• Highway 52 in Fillmore County from the Iowa State Line to County Road 22 north of Harmony
• Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Pleasant St. in Lanesboro to Highway 43 near Rushmore
• Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Center Ave. in Spring Valley to Highway 52 near Preston
• Highway 56 in Fillmore/Mower counties from Highway 63 to Ada St. in LeRoy
• Highway 63 in Mower/Olmsted counties from Highway 16 to Stewartville city limits
• Highway 30 in Olmsted/Dodge counties from Highway 56 near Hayfield to Highway 63
• Highway 30 in Steele County from County Road 45 to Highway 218 in Blooming Prairie
• Highway 30 in Waseca/Steele counties from Highway 13 near New Richland to east of Ellendale
• Highway 13 in Freeborn/Waseca counties from Highway 69 in Albert Lea to Highway 30 in New Richland
• Highway 65 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Shore Drive in Albert Lea
• Highway 69 in Freeborn County from the Iowa State Line to Highway 13 in Albert Lea
• Highway 218 in Mower County from the Iowa State Line to I-90 in Austin

Chip sealing involves applying a thin film of heated asphalt on the road surface, followed by the placement of “chips”. Chip sealing protects the pavement from the effects of sun and water, increased skid resistance and fills small cracks and other surface defects.

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