District 8 receives $4.4 million dollar federal award to improve safety
WILLMAR, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation - District 8 is receiving a $2.5 million dollar federal award to improve safety at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 9 in New London and a $1.9 million dollar award to install rumble strips on state highways throughout District 8. The funding is made possible through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, also known as HSIP.
The Highway Safety Improvement Program is a federal-aid highway program with the purpose to significantly reduce fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. It is a federally funded, state-administered program which requires a data-driven, strategic, and performance-based approach to improving highway safety.
A decision on a safety improvement at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 9 in New London has not been made at this time. An interchange and roundabout concept are being considered. HSIP funding could be used towards whichever concept is selected, however, additional funding will be needed to fund either improvement as the $2.5 million dollar award only covers a portion of the total project cost.
MnDOT is anticipating a decision on a selected safety improvement for the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 9 in New London in June 2023.