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Feb. 5, 2020

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Public open house set Feb. 20 for Hwy 61 reconstruction in Lake City

LAKE CITY, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an information open house on Thursday, Feb. 20 to learn about the stages of the Lake City 2020 reconstruction project and detours that will take place.

The meeting is from 4-7 p.m. in the Lake City Council Chambers, 205 W. Center St. There will be no formal presentation, so stop in any time between 4-7 p.m. The project team will be available to answer any questions and provide details.

The Hwy 61 project will span from Central Point Rd. to Elm St. in Lake City and includes several improvements. Deteriorated pavement will be replaced, the 4-lane highway will be changed to 3-lanes, continuous sidewalks will be developed and an off-street trail for bicyclists and green space will be constructed. Benefits include safer traveling speeds, improved pedestrian elements, expanded life of roadway and decreased roadway water run-off into Lake Pepin.

The City of Lake City is updating their utilities during the project as well. The water main will be replaced from Madison St. to Elm St.  and the sanitary sewer will be replaced from Lyon Ave. to Center St. (one block). 

The meeting is a chance for people to understand this year’s reconstruction project by learning about details of the work, estimated timelines and traffic impacts.

There are several ways to stay connected with project updates. To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s construction project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy61-lakecity-reconstruct/index.html.

On Facebook, these pages will share project updates: MnDOT | Southeast Minnesota Facebook group, the Lake City Highway 61 Reconstruction Project page and the Lake City Chamber of Commerce page. The Lake City Chamber of Commerce will utilize their text messaging service to alert local businesses with time sensitive updates and announcements. To sign up, text “notify LakeCity” (no space between Lake and City) to 313131 or email Michelle Larson at lcchamber@lakecity.org.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy the programs, services and activities we provide. If you feel you need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, such as an ASL or spoken language interpreter, or need documents in an alternate format, such as braille or large print, please contact: Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or e-mail ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.