Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 65 Albert Lea Main Street Project

Albert Lea

About this project

Update

The project management team has completed the final design stage and the contract for this project will be let on Feb. 25, 2022. Construction will begin in late April and end in early October. The specific start and finish dates will depend upon the weather.

The project will be divided into two sections. Information about staging, traffic control and detours can be found in the construction tab.

Hwy 65 project schedule
Hwy 65 project schedule

Summary of work

Hwy 65 project map
Hwy 65 project map
  • Reconstruct Hwy 65 from Newton Ave. to the Shell Rock River Bridge
  • Reduce flood events
  • Repave Hwy 65 from Shell Rock River Bridge to Sorenson Rd.
  • Reduce serious right-angle crashes with intersection modifications from Garfield Ave. to Prospect Ave.
  • Make ADA and safety improvements including construction of new sidewalks and median refuges
  • Install new traffic signal at Garfield Ave.
  • Install new lighting

Please reference the final layout for detailed information.

Newton Ave. to Shellrock River Bridge

Project goals
  • Reduce flood events
  • Improve pedestrian access and safety
Solution
  • Reconstruct roadway and raise 2 feet at low point
  • Increase storm sewer intake capacity
  • Install backflow prevention
  • Widen sidewalks, add pedestrian refuges
  • Construct new sidewalk between Elizabeth Ave. and Katherine St.

Wilson St. to Ulstad Ave.

Project goals
  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety
Solution
  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install turn lanes
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Fenton Ave. to Prospect Ave.

Project goals
  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety
Solution
  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install Reduce Conflict Intersections (RCI)
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Traffic impacts

  • Two detours will be used to route traffic around the construction zones. At times, traffic will be reduced to one lane
  • People going to businesses or homes on or near the construction zone will have the ability to reach their destination
  • Detour routes, construction staging and timing are available in the construction tab
  • Individuals signed up for project email updates will receive construction updates through email