The Construction on Highway 4 in St. James is wrapping up for the season and the detour is being removed Friday, November 17. Traffic has been detoured since early April. Highway 4 motorists and St. James residents need to plan for another detour to complete the project in 2018. The 2018 detour includes Watonwan County Road 56 (1st Avenue South), Watonwan County 55 and Highway 4. While some concrete pedestrian and driveway work will remain to be done in 2018, at least one side along the length of the project will have a hard surfaced sidewalk in place for the winter. The project detour for 2018 is currently expected to begin downtown and then follow the current detour route to the north. 2018 project work will mainly include the completion of concrete pedestrian ramp and sidewalk that didn’t get completed this year along with street and utility reconstruction north of 8th Avenue North in St. James. Permanent lane markings will be placed in 2018 and boulevard trees will be planted also. For project updates sign up on the city’s website at by clicking on “Notify Me.” S M Hentges & Sons, Inc. of Jordan was awarded the contract with a bid of $15,685,646. The Highway 4 project, which extends from south of Watonwan County Fairgrounds to 11th Avenue North, includes utility replacement throughout the project, upgrading sidewalk and pedestrian ramps for safe ADA accessible accommodations, lighting, and intersection and access revisions. More information can be found on the project website at