Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 19 – Lonsdale to Northfield

Rice County

About this project


Map of study area highlighted in orange
Hwy 19 study map (click to enlarge)

Public Meeting

There will be two public meetings in the spring of 2023 regarding the study.

  • Information at the April 20 meeting focused on Hwy 19 west of I-35 toward the Lonsdale area.
  • The second meeting will be on May 22 and will focus on the eastern half of the corridor between I-35 and Hwy 3 toward Northfield. The meeting on Monday, May 22 is from 6-8 p.m. at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington St. in Northfield. People who are unable to attend the meeting will be able to review the materials afterward on the project website and provide comments.

Detailed information can be found in the meetings tab.

Summary of work

MnDOT is conducting a study on Hwy 19 to prepare for mill and overlay improvements that will take place from 2027 to 2030. Mill and overlay projects remove the top few inches of the roadway pavement and replace it with new pavement on the top. Additionally, fixes to drainage infrastructure such as culverts can be made. MnDOT is also considering some other improvements, such as turn lanes, guardrail, lighting, and snow fences.

Through public engagement, data collection, and analysis, MnDOT has identified other corridor problems that may be addressed by the mill and overlay project or may be considered for future improvements by MnDOT and study partners. Concepts for these areas, primarily at intersections and sidewalk/trail improvements, have been developed. MnDOT is seeking public input on these concepts at open house meetings in April and May 2023.

This study is being done in collaboration with the Co. Rd. 2 roundabout study in Lonsdale and the frontage roads and the I-35 Interchange ramp project led by Rice County.

No funding has been identified for the concept improvements.