Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 55/Olson Memorial Highway


About this project

Highway 55/Olson Memorial Highway project area map

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MnDOT is installing new temporary pedestrian safety improvements along Olson Memorial Hwy (Hwy 55) between N. 7th Ave. and Thomas Ave. N. The pedestrian safety improvements, called curb extensions, narrow the roadway creating shorter crossings for pedestrians, and better visibility for people walking and driving.

The goal of this project is to try out this pedestrian safety feature before committing to it as a long-term design improvement on Olson. MnDOT is very interested in your feedback on these temporary curb extensions. Please submit your input through the feedback form on the contacts webpage.

Summary of work

  • Install pavement markings, flexible posts, and signage
  • Add temporary curb extensions at the various intersections along Olson Memorial Highway
  • Reduce lanes from three lanes to two lanes in each direction

Traffic impacts

All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available. Access along the corridor will remain largely unchanged. Some minor streets may be temporarily closed during construction of the pedestrian safety project. Motorists can expect temporarily reduced travel lanes from three to two lanes in both directions.

The project will be installed in July and removed in the fall. Installation and removal are expected to take several days. However, the highway will remain accessible to traffic during construction.