Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Sept. 8, 2016

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U.S. Hwy 59 in Worthington study begins with survey

Project team looking for public input

MANKATO, Minn. – MnDOT, the city of Worthington and Nobles County are looking to engage the public to create a long-term vision in the community along U.S. Highway 59.  The study is in preparation of a future urban reconstruction project on U.S. Highway 59 (Humiston Avenue) and Oxford Street (Nobles County Road 35).

A first step includes surveying the community on their interest, use and critical needs. Anyone with an interest in the future of U.S. Highway 59 in Worthington is encouraged to take a brief 8-question survey found at us59worthingtoncorridor.com available in English and Spanish.

In addition to a long-term common vision, the corridor study seeks to support and sustain economic development, safely accommodate all modes of transportation, encourage pedestrian and bicycle movements and generate support from the community.

An urban reconstruction project can include not only the roadway and sidewalks, but landscaping, bicycle and pedestrian features, road lanes, crosswalks, etc.

“Worthington is a unique city,” said Ronda Allis, MnDOT planner.  “We want to include all members of this community in creating a vision for Worthington that everyone can be proud of.”

Representatives from MnDOT, the city and county have formed a project management team. More information on the project can also be found at us59worthingtoncorridor.com.

U.S. Highway 59 is scheduled for an overlay in 2017 to hold the pavements together until funding is available for this reconstruction in 2021-26.