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April 1, 2022

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Open house for Hwy 212 Glencoe project is April 13

WILLMAR, Minn. – The public is invited to an in-person construction open house on Wednesday, April 13 to learn about the upcoming Highway 212 J-turn project in Glencoe. The open house will be held at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th Street East, and run from 4 to 6 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation and people are invited to stop by anytime during open house hours.

MnDOT staff and the contractor will be available to answer questions about the construction phase of the Hwy 212 project, including the timeline and detours. McLeod County representatives will also be available to answer questions about the McLeod County Road 1 resurfacing project.

For those unable to attend the in-person open house, an in-depth virtual open house is available on the MnDOT Hwy 212 Glencoe website.

Reduced conflict intersection (J-turn) at Hwy 22/Chandler Avenue

MnDOT received safety funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program to build a reduced conflict intersection at Highway 212 and Highway 22/Chandler Avenue. Commonly referred to as a J-turn, this safety improvement was recommended following the Glencoe Transportation Study. The J-turn being constructed at Highway 22 is a partial J-turn, which means it has one U-turn instead of two.

Reduced conflict intersection (J-turn) at McLeod County Road 1

A J-turn will be constructed at the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 1, along with a permanent snow fence to reduce drifting and blowing snow. The project also includes improvements for pedestrians with the installation of medians and sidewalk.  This J-turn is designed to have wider lanes (21 feet edge to edge) than a traditional J-turn to accommodate vehicles of all sizes, including large trucks, emergency vehicles and agricultural equipment.

Traffic impacts

The Chandler Avenue and County Road 1 entrances to Highway 212 will be closed during construction and require detours. Chandler Avenue traffic will be detoured to 10th Street and Morningside Drive. County Road 1 traffic will be detoured to Morningside Drive, and County Roads 3 and 33. Please see the attached detour maps.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include enhanced safety for vehicles and pedestrians, and reduced blowing and drifting snow on the roadway. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where J-turns are used. To learn how a J-turn works and review the safety benefits of a J-turn, visit MnDOT’s Reduced Conflict Intersections web pages.

R & R Excavating, Inc., is the contractor for the project, which will cost $2.4 million. Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 and be completed in late July. Please note that dates could change due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Alternate language/materials

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, 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.

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient and expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

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