Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 56 Reconstruction


Project update

Business meeting

MnDOT and the City of LeRoy hosted a business meeting Oct. 7, 2021. Local business owners, leaders and others with business interests had an opportunity to learn about the project and construction information related to business operations.

Virtual business meeting

People who are not able to attend the in-person meeting can receive the same content by viewing the short videos posted in the meetings tab. Individuals were also asked to participate in a short survey and provide their feedback about design options and communication preferences. The survey closed on Oct. 25, 2021

Any additional questions and feedback can be submitted to the project contacts.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720.

About this project

Hwy 56 Reconstion Map
Hwy 56 Reconstruction Map (click to enlarge)

The purpose of this project is to address deteriorating pavement conditions, improve drainage, update pedestrian facilities and coordinate with the city to allow for replacement of aging city utilities underneath Hwy 56.

Proposed work

  • Reconstruct approximately 1.2 miles of Hwy 56 through LeRoy
  • Replace storm water, sanitary sewer and water main
  • Extend water main past Ada St.
  • Replace and install new curb and gutter
  • Improve intersection safety at Mower County Road 12, Hwy 56 and Main St. E. Alter intersection and construct cul-de-sac west of Mower County Road 12
  • Replace and install new sidewalks
  • Define buffer zone between traffic and parking with striping from Mather St. to Everett St. Buffer zone will allow for biking
  • Improve school crosswalk safety, construct bump out at Mower County Road 14
  • Create wider school parking zone
  • Optional landscaping including trees and plants

Details can be viewed on the project layout map.

Traffic impacts


  • Staging concepts are under development
  • It is anticipated that Hwy 56 will need to be detoured for a portion of the project
  • Local detours may be needed to provide access for local residences and businesses