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Crews remove concrete ruined after elderly man drives through work zone

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Hwy 63 north of Rochester Hwy 63 north of Rochester
MnDOT contractors removing concrete ruined after June 29th incident MnDOT contractors removing concrete ruined after June 29th incident
MnDOT shared this photo to Twitter after an elderly driver went through a work zone MnDOT shared this photo to Twitter after an elderly driver went through a work zone
NEAR ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

An elderly man drove through 800 feet of wet concrete on Highway 63 in late June and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. However, a final cost won't be determined until next week.

The driver is okay, but the northbound lane ruined.

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) contractors have been out fixing the damage since last week. They finished Monday and will repave the northbound lane either Tuesday or Wednesday. Despite the damage, they should stay close to schedule.

"The damage created a minor setback, maybe more than a minor one, but this paving would be done," said Mike Dougherty, who works in public affairs for MnDOT. 

But not all of the destroyed lane is a lost cause. Crews paved the concrete from south to north. The damage done at the the southern end, where the driver entered, is minimal since it had already cured. "We might be able to do some grinding. [The contractors] will determine if that's all it takes or if it also needs to be removed."

The costly mistake emphasizes the importance of paying attention behind the wheel. "Detours aren't always convenient, but it is for safety."

That particular stretch of Highway 63 should open August 3. Crews are close to finishing, but need to add rumble strips, guard rail, and striping.

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