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MnDOT District 8 wraps up construction season for 2020

Staff Writer
Redwood Falls Gazette
Redwood Falls Gazette

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) 2020 construction program has concluded in District 8. District 8 encompasses 12 counties in southwest Minnesota – Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine.

“You could say this year’s program came in like a lamb and went out like a lion,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, District 8 assistant district engineer in construction. “Most years, construction crews aren’t on the job site until the first or second week of May, while this year most staff were on location in April, and some as early as March. However, October snowstorms and below freezing temperatures threw some challenges at us toward the end. All in all, it was another successful construction season for the district.”

The district had a full schedule of projects which encompassed multiple components, including urban reconstructions, bridge replacements, concrete and asphalt resurfacing, slope repairs, accessibility improvements and culvert repairs.

Bridge maintenance operations, sign replacements and striping projects were also carried out on several highways throughout the district.

Projects completed during the 2020 construction program were:

• Highway 12 Litchfield – reconstructed Highway 12 in downtown Litchfield; improved lighting and pedestrian accessibility; updated city utilities

• Highway 15 Hutchinson – reconstructed downtown Main Street from 2nd Ave N to 5th Ave S; improved lighting and pedestrian accessibility; updated city utilities; resurfaced Highway 15 from 5th Ave S to County Road 115

• Highway 19 Morton – repaired slope and stabilized road embankment east of Morton

• Highway 19 and Highway 59 – resurfaced one mile of Highway 19 and 17 miles of Highway 59 in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties

• Highway 23 Cottonwood to Granite Falls – resurfaced with concrete 18 miles from Cottonwood to Granite Falls; realigned Lyon County 9 intersection in Cottonwood and constructed several left-turn lanes

• Highway 29 Montevideo – replaced bridge over North Parkway Drive

• Highway 59/Highway 14 – repaired slopes and stabilized road embankments at locations in Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties

• Highway 75 Pipestone – replaced bridge over County Judicial Ditch #1

• Highway 91 Adrian to Russell – resurfaced Highway 91 from the Nobles/Murray county line to Russell; replaced and repaired culverts; improved pedestrian accessibility in Lake Wilson (shared project led by District 7) 

Three projects will carry over into 2021:

• Highway 12/High-way 40 Willmar – realign Highway 12 and reconstruct Highway 40 on the west side of Willmar; construct two roundabouts and two bridges; construct a new rail line; roadwork on the multi-year project is set to wrap up in 2021

• Highway 40 Milan Bridge – replace the bridge over Lac qui Parle Lake west of Milan; the bridge was opened to traffic July 2; restoration of the historic riprap will continue into 2021

• Highway 75 Madison to Bellingham – resurface 22 miles from Township Rd 127 (just north of Highway 212) to Highway 7; line culverts; upgrade sidewalks and pedestrian crossings; paving is complete, and the road is open; seal coats and permanent pavement markings will be installed spring 2021

For project maps, details on the 2020 construction program, and information about upcoming projects, visit www.mndot.gov/.