MnDOT’s minor New Ulm project starts with tree removal
MANKATO, Minn. – Weather permitting, Monday, March 22 New Ulm residents will see two trees removed at the intersection of Highway 14 (Broadway) and 16th North Street in preparation for a signal replacement project this summer and a third tree on Highway 15 by the old Target entrance.
By law, the trees need to be removed before protected bats make their homes.
The traffic signal, located near the Liquor Mart, needs to be replaced with a model that meets today’s standards and current American Disability Act requirements. The project also includes improving the curb ramps and adding a flashing yellow arrow to the system. A flashing yellow arrow means left turns may proceed with caution after yielding to on-coming traffic and pedestrians.
Other Highway 14/15 work in New Ulm includes adding continuous concrete sidewalk in front of the Treasure Haus and improving the grade of the curb ramp by the old Target for improved accessibility.
MnDOT is also adding lighting around Shag Road and the Department of Natural Resources entrance.
The projects are tentatively scheduled for June and MnDOT does not anticipate any significant impacts to traffic.
River City Electric of Mankato is the primary contractor for these projects.
MnDOT will send another announcement prior to the actual start of construction. Anyone interested in more information can contact MnDOT Project Manager Mathew Thibert at 507-381-0393 and email@example.com or Construction Engineer Dan Franta at 507-327-2540 and Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org .