Hwy 22 south of Mankato opens at 5 p.m. today
MANKATO, Minn. — The detour for Hwy 22 south of Mankato will be removed by 5 p.m. today, Friday, October 26, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the roadway will be open to area businesses including the Fall Festival.
Three legs of the new Hwy 22 and Blue Earth County Road 90 roundabout opened earlier this week (Tuesday, October 23), but wet conditions postponed the finishing work south of the roundabout.
Only an additional two sections of guardrail are remaining on the project and that will take place under traffic with the use of flaggers in early November.
Hwy 22 from Mankato to Mapleton has been under construction since 2017 and included reconstruction of the highway from just north of Mapleton to Blue Earth County Road 15 and a bridge replacement over the Cobb River in Beauford.
The roundabout project at Hwy 22 and County Road 90 was a partnership project with Blue Earth County. In addition to the roundabout it included the addition of left turn lanes into residential areas north and south of County Road 90 and a structural snow fence in the northwest corner to reduce drifting.
The Victory Drive Memorial landscaping project from Mankato to Mapleton began late in the summer with clearing and grubbing and work on Memorial Park in Mapleton. Prep work for monuments provided by the Mapleton Area Foundation is also underway. Plantings will take place in 2019 and no detour will be necessary. The city of Mapleton has partnered with MnDOT on the landscaping project.
For more information on the projects and the Victory Drive Memorial, visit www.mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy22mapleton.
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded both the two-year reconstruction project that extended to Mapleton and the roundabout project.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org