Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 19, 2017

MnDOT closing in on final designs for Hwy 22 Victory Drive Memorial

MANKATO, Minn. – With Memorial Day approaching, project team members are encouraging folks to honor our local veterans this year by weighing in on the Highway 22 Victory Drive Corridor memorial plans.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation needs to move to final designs to ready the landscape plans for implementation in 2019. Ideally they would have everyone’s input by their final steering committee meeting on June 1.

All of the information, including a fly-through video of the preliminary plans, a video of the project background, graphic depictions and the final survey are available on the project website.

The proposed landscape plan on Highway 22 from Mapleton to Mankato incorporates five different design styles along the route meant to provide a series of experiences that fit appropriately with the surrounding landscape. 

The design styles range from sections of denser plantings to contrasting open vistas.  Some areas are shown with intentional patterns that play off of the original planting designs and then there are areas where trial sections of pollinator friendly native flowers and grasses will be incorporated.

“While challenging to meet the expectations of the public, this project has been especially rewarding for MnDOT to be part of an effort that recognizes and honors our veterans,” explained Robert Jones, MnDOT project manager and veteran. 

The city of Mapleton and the Mapleton VFW have been instrumental in the Victory Drive Memorial since it began in the 1940s. Many of the trees lining the corridor that were planted as a memorial to area veterans have been or will be removed for highway construction. 

To view the plans and take the survey, visit mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy22mapleton/victorydrive.html . Anyone with an interest can contact Project Manager Robert Jones at 507-304-6198 or robert.jones@state.mn.us.