Hwy 22 Mankato construction starts May 12
Lane restrictions begin; public invited to ground-breaking and open house
MANKATO, Minn. – Hwy 22 motorists in Mankato can expect to see lane restrictions and speed reductions through town starting Monday, May 12 for the first phase of the reconstruction of Hwy 22 and roundabouts at Adams Street and Madison Avenue.
May 12 is also the official groundbreaking and a public open house. Local officials will gather at 11 a.m. at Snell Motors. The public open house follows from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Snell’s. Everyone with an interest in the project and subsequent construction impacts is encouraged to attend. A brief presentation will be held at 12 noon.
Area businesses are gearing up for the summer’s construction by participating in special coupons available to the first 200 attending the groundbreaking/open house.
The Hwy 22 lane restrictions from Hoffman Road to Victory Drive will remain in place until the Hwy 22 closure expected on June 2. Weather and the completion of Blue Earth County Road 17 may affect the stages of construction and detours. Updates and the detour and local access maps can be found on www.roundaboutready.com .
The construction project which largely consists of replacing and repairing worn-out pavement, building roundabouts and improving accessibility to trails is a partnership with MnDOT, Mankato and Blue Earth County. The project will result in increased safety and reduced delays for area motorists while enhancing the area transportation system.
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded the $7.1 million contract. Most of the many subcontractors on the project are from the Mankato area.
Videos and handouts on how to drive multilane roundabouts can also be found at www.roundaboutready.com. Watch for more interactive opportunities to learn about roundabouts coming soon.