Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, motorists traveling in Farmington and Empire Township will experience daily road closures on Highway 3 between Willow Street north and 160th Street while crews continue paving the roadway, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

All businesses and residences along the 11 mile stretch of highway will be accessible during the closure.

All businesses and residences along the 11 mile stretch of highway will be accessible during the closure.

The paving will be completed in two stages. The southern half of the project includes the area between 195th Street and Willow Street. The northern half includes the roadway between 195th Street and County Road 46.

Motorists can expect major delays in the project area. Detours for both project areas will direct motorists to Pilot Knob Road.

Residents can find the most updated information on the project online at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy3farmington. Information about the local detours will be posted online at www.511mn.org.

Weather permitting, the anticipated daily closure is expected to last through Oct. 2.

The Highway 3 construction between Farmington and Empire Township is designed to provide a smoother road surface, extend the life of the pavement, close or modify access to Highway 3, improve drainage, and update pedestrian crossings to meet modern ADA requirements.