Minnesota Department of Transportation

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2017 Hwy 15 Improvements


About this project

Hwy 15 project location in Fairmont, between Goemonn Rd and Johnson St.
Hwy 15 construction zone

Construction updates

As of the middle of October, the milling and resurfacing work from Johnson Street to Goemann is now complete. Crews have also completed the underground pipe and storm sewer excavation work. With favorable weather conditions, final striping work and placement of pavement markings on the roadway will continue into November. Drivers can expect 4-way stops and flashing red signals at signalized intersections to continue into the middle of November as crews work to complete the pedestrian sidewalk ramps and traffic signal work. The signals on Highway 15 are being updated to include new lights, pedestrian accessibility, flashing yellow arrows and emergency vehicle preemption. 

Drivers can expect lane restrictions and brief traffic delays through Fairmont as crews work to complete the signal and sidewalk work.

Final grading and turf restoration of areas disturbed during the installation of new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps will continue into late fall as weather conditions allow.

Summary of work

  • Pavement improvements, resurfacing
  • Refurbish or replace traffic signals, and upgrade signals to flashing yellow arrow
  • Update traffic signals to include accessible pedestrian systems
  • Update pedestrian ramps to meet ADA requirements
  • Remove and replace sections of poor sidewalk and curb and gutter
  • Perform spot repairs of the existing storm sewer lines


  • 2013 - Project scoping initiated
  • 2014 - Preliminary investigation of existing pavement, preliminary design and project coordination
  • 2015 - Collect locations of in-place utilities and complete project mapping, detailed project design, identify easements and construction limits
  • 2016 - Complete final design and obtain needed easements
  • 2017 - Advertise for bids spring of 2017
  • 2017 - Begin construction July 2017
  • 2017 - End construction, late fall 2017

2017 Traffic impacts

  • Watch for lane closures and traffic shifting to single lanes.
  • Brief traffic delays may occur at intersections along the project to complete the work.
  • Expect brief, in-town detour for storm sewer work.
  • This project will be coordinated with adjacent construction taking place on I-90 between Sherburn and Fairmont as well as work the City has planned for Margaret Street.
  • Business access will be maintained throughout the Hwy 15 project. Find out more about the Fairmont Chamber's effort to survive the construction on both I-90 and Highway 15 visit http://fairmontchamber.org/