Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 6, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Henderson flooding study and Hwy 19 bridge detour topic of April 19 meeting

Hwy 19 detour begins in May

MANKATO, Minn. – The city of Henderson and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are co-hosting a meeting on the status of a study to determine if mitigating impacts of flooding on area highways are feasible and to share information on the Highway 19 railroad bridge project east of Henderson and related detour starting in May.

The two-part meeting, set for Tuesday, April 19 in the Henderson Community Building, 600 Main Street, will begin with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on the flooding feasibility study and be followed by an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. on the Highway 19 railroad bridge replacement and detour.

MnDOT, at the request of the city of Henderson, is performing flood modeling to analyze flooding impacts to area roadways and determine alternatives to mitigate future flooding impacts.  At this time, no funding has been identified for constructing flood mitigation improvements, but this preliminary work is the first step towards identifying a preferred flood mitigation alternative.

MnDOT is also set to replace the Highway 19 bridge over the Union Pacific railroad east of Henderson in 2016.  This will require a detour, which may begin as early as May 2 and will be in place until November and consists of Highways 93 and 169. Impacted businesses and residents will be encouraged to come to the open house to learn more about the project and have their concerns addressed.

Zenith Tech, Incorporated of Waukesha, Wisconsin has received the award for replacing the Highway 19 railroad bridge with a bid of $5,241,732. For project information and the detour map, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy19henderson/

Businesses in Henderson will remain open and the public is encouraged to attend their numerous festivals all season long.  More information can be found at www.henderson-mn.com/ .

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

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