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About District 7

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District 7 overview

Safety

After an extensive safety audit on Highway 14 from New Ulm to North Mankato proved above average for head-on crashes, MnDOT initiated an interim safety project to discourage distracted drivers from crossing into on-coming traffic. Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato was restriped with a wider median and delineators until a four-lane can be built in 2017-18.

Roundabout educational efforts began in preparation for motorists in the Mankato, New Ulm and Worthington area.

Mobility

District 7 opened most of four-lane Highway 60 south of Worthington and removed most of the detour.

A Hwy 109 project received an award for construction excellence in the pavement reclamation category at the Grading & Base Forum put on by MnDOT and Association of General Contractors.

With the help of warm temps, the D7 maintenance surface repair program was double that of a normal year. Maintenance spent over $1,000,000.00 in materials that were put down with our own maintenance forces this past year.

Innovation

District 7 Project Delivery used a different and streamlined approach to plan delivery for the 14/41 interchange project in North Mankato. A design team delivered a good quality plan in a short amount of time saving the taxpayer significant dollars.  

District maintenance crews used new and innovated methods not done in the past - new products, such as a high performance poly patching material (Mastics), micro surfacing, and our own culvert lining.

Leadership

The launch of District 7’s participation in MnDOT’s TSS Leadership Training for Maintenance TGS and TS employees was successful.

Successful launch of the Department-wide Leadership initiative in District 7, District 7 has phenomenal participation which indicates an intense interest on the part of many of our employees in growing their careers at MnDOT.

Transparency

The District 7 Soils and Materials lab has earned an impressive reputation for the training it offers to Minnesota State University students, South Central College and technical certification it offers to MnDOT staff, contractors and state and county workers.