Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Congressional Transportation Status Report

Hwy 60, Windom to St. James

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About the project

Highway 60 between Windom and St. James

This project completes a four-lane roadway between Windom and St. James, creating a four-lane corridor from Sioux City, Iowa, to Mankato, Minn.

  • East Gap, Butterfield to St. James (6 miles) — Construct two lanes south of the existing two-lane section.
  • Middle Gap, Mountain Lake to Butterfield (5 miles) — Construct two lanes south of the existing two-lane section.
  • West Gap, Windom to Mountain Lake (8 miles) — Construct two lanes north of the existing two-lane section. Realign three county roads to improve intersection alignment.

Project benefits

Roadway safety and regional connectivity will be improved by providing a continuous four-lane divided highway to serve increased vehicle capacity.

Key issues

  • Environmental regulation and mitigation needs have evolved since 1983 EIS
  • Soils have not been fully investigated yet, so there could be substantial muck excavation, which would increase project costs
  • The Clear Lake construction area will likely result in special retaining walls
  • Detailed alignment and access design through Bingham Lake may yield some additional costs

Project website: www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60stjames/