Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 12, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Gilmore Avenue-Hwy 61 mini-roundabout set to open in Winona

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists using Gilmore Avenue at Highway 61 in Winona will encounter a mini-roundabout when traffic is opened on the construction project this week, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The mini-roundabout is the first of its kind for MnDOT’s southeastern Minnesota District 6. While the project is not complete, the intersection at Hwy 61 and Gilmore will be ready to open with the mini-roundabout. It’s expected to open on Sept. 13.

The primary difference between a mini-roundabout and a roundabout is the lack of a landscaped, raised center island. The center island is slightly raised and serves as the truck apron of a regular roundabout that allows large vehicles to cross up on it to maneuver through the intersection.

Some key reminders about the mini-roundabout are:

  • Slow down as you approach
  • Stop for any pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • Yield to vehicles approaching from the left
  • Yield to all large vehicles including trucks, buses and emergency vehicles
  • Enter the roundabout once the lane is clear
  • Do not stop in the roundabout
  • Stay within the lines

A video about how to drive through the mini-roundabout and some of the particular rules dealing with emergency and large vehicles is on the MnDOT project page at: mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy61winona/. You can also sign up for periodic email updates on the project by clicking on a link on this page.

Overall, construction work is expected to continue through September.

To learn more about the accessible pedestrian signal work that has been installed on this project, go to MnDOT’s Road Knowledge page: www.dot.state.mn.us/signs/aps/

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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