The trunk highways 19 and 71 project in Redwood Falls is nearly complete.
Traffic cones and barriers will be removed soon, and crews will finish clean-up tasks under normal traffic conditions.
Due to cold temperatures, temporary striping and pavement markings will remain in place until next spring when permanent pavement markings can be completed, along with erosion control. Boulevards near North Swain Street, currently filled with gravel, will be filled with concrete when warmer weather arrives next spring.
Due to a delay in getting new traffic signals fabricated, the permanent signals for Highway 19 and the intersections of North Swain Street, North DeKalb Street and Redwood CSAH 101, will be installed in the spring using intermittent lane closures. No detours are anticipated for work completed in the spring.
This project contained several components, including:
• The construction of a continuous two-way left turn lane on TH19/71 from Cook Street to Patten Street
• A new traffic signal installed at the intersection of County Road 101
• The replacement of traffic signals at North Swain Street and North DeKalb Street
• Pedestrian ramp, sidewalk and driveway upgrades from West 11th Street to Highway 71 in order to meet the current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards
• Upgrading pedestrian ramps, sidewalks and driveways from just west of South Minnesota Street east to Patten Street.
Benefits of the project include improved drainage, enhanced safety at intersections, and improved ramps, sidewalks and driveways for people with disabilities.
The project has a cost of $3.6 million, and the contractor was Duininck, Inc.
For more information on the project and the improvements that have been made, visit www.mndot.gov.