The Minnesota Department of Transportation is partnering with Grant County to complete a project on Highway 55/59 from Elbow Lake to Barrett. Construction began in July 2022.
Robust resurfacing (reclaim)
Shoulder-widening, with 8 additional feet (4-foot paved, 4-foot gravel) on each side of the highway
County Road 54 realignment
Turn lanes at County Road 8 and County Road 21
Potential installation of snow drift grading
Pedestrian ramp installation in the city of Barrett
We heard you! 2020 survey results
In the spring of 2020, MnDOT conducted an online survey to gather public feedback for a future project on Hwy 55/59. The survey was conducted in lieu of an in-person open house due to COVID-19.
The Hwy 55/59 project team used the survey responses to inform the design of the project. Issues that are being addressed:
Poor pavement conditions and potholes
A need for turn lanes
Drifting snow across the highway
Drainage and flooding issues
Visibility concerns due to hills
Impacts to the native prairie
Majority of respondents were also concerned about construction not taking place until 2023, as the existing pavement condition is poor. MnDOT heard these concerns and made adjustments to our program so we can construct the Hwy 55/59 project in 2022.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!