About District 6
MnDOT District 6 made significant progress on the District 6 Highway Safety Plan and completed several stand-alone low cost/high benefit safety projects including:
- Intelligent Transportation System device installation at various locations along I-35 in Rice and Steele counties
- Traffic signal improvements at the Highway 58, 61 and 63 intersection in Red Wing
- Intersection improvements at Olmsted County Road 14 and Highway 63 in Rochester
- Rumble strip installation and new striping on various highways throughout the district
During 2012, MnDOT District 6 completed the final design for the Cannon Falls interchange on Highway 52. The Cannon Falls interchange project on Highway 52 will eliminate the only two signals on Highway 52 between Rochester and the Twin Cities. The interchange project is scheduled to begin in July 2013. The Highway 14 four lane expansion project from Waseca to Owatonna, which included construction of a new Highway 14/I-35 interchange, was completed in August 2012. Highway 14 is now four lanes from Owatonna to Mankato, enhancing system continuity.
During the 2012 construction season, District 6 did culvert replacements and repairs simultaneously with mill and overlay projects in an effort to improve drainage problems along the highways, reduce public impact by avoiding future culvert projects and reduce costs. Also during the 2012 construction season, District 6 implemented the use of intelligent compaction hardware and software on the Highway 56 bituminous reclamation project. By using the hardware and software the contractor was able to more efficiently and effectively measure the compaction on the highway and increase the overall long term performance.
MnDOT District 6 just completed the third Transportation Associate (TA) Training Program. This program continues to diversify the qualified candidate pools for full-time transportation generalist maintenance positions. District 6 also reduced the amount of employee accidents and injuries by 18 percent from 2011 (90 to 73).
During fall 2012, District 6 worked with businesses located near the Highway 21 and Highway 60 intersection in Faribault. A bridge replacement project on Highway 60 tied with a bituminous mill and overlay project on Highway 21 included turn lanes and a continuous raised median. After meeting with the businesses, and hearing their concerns about how the raised median would impact traffic flow, District 6 reviewed their design. District 6 staff determined that a median opening at Wilson Avenue would be an acceptable adjustment to the design. The businesses were happy District 6 took their concerns seriously and came up with a solution everyone is comfortable with. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2013.