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Hwy 65 Albert Lea Main Street Project

Albert Lea

Update

Virtual open house

The virtual open house comment period closed on Nov. 29, 2020 however it remains open to the public to view. The project management team has provided responses to the comments which can be viewed under the resources tab.

People with additional comments or questions about the project are encouraged to contact the project management team or fill out the comment form.

Small group meetings

Small group meetings for business owners and residents along the project occurred during the week of Nov. 30 – Dec. 4. Recordings and written summaries of each meeting are available for review, click on the meetings tab.

Following guidance from state health officials to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT has temporarily postponed all in-person public meetings and events. Public engagement remains a priority and MnDOT is offering an online option as one way to continue and maintain connections with the public.

About this project

Summary of work

Hwy 65 project map
Hwy 65 project map
  • Reconstruct Hwy 65 from Newton Ave to the Shellrock River Bridge
  • Reduce flood events
  • Repave Hwy 65 from Shell Rock River Bridge to Sorenson Ave
  • Reduce serious right-angle crashes with intersection modifications from Garfield Ave to Prospect Ave
  • Make ADA and safety improvements including construction of new sidewalks and median refuges
  • Install new traffic signal at Garfield Ave
  • Install new lighting

Please referance the final layout for detailed information.

Newton Ave to Shellrock River Bridge

Project goals

  • Reduce flood events
  • Improve pedestrian access and safety

Solution

  • Reconstruct roadway and raise 2 feet at low point
  • Increase storm sewer intake capacity
  • Install backflow prevention
  • Widen sidewalks, add pedestrian refuges
  • Construct new sidewalk between Elizabeth Ave and Katherine St

Wilson St to Ulstad Ave

Project goals

  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety

Solution

  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install turn lanes
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Fenton Ave to Prospect Ave

Project goals

  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety

Solution

  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install Reduce Conflict Intersections (RCI)
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Traffic impacts

Detours and single-lane closures

Hwy 65 project schedule
Hwy 65 project schedule