Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 15 Improvements


About this project

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


The Highway 15 project in Fairmont has received funding and was bid to a contractor on April 28.  The apparent low-bidder is Duininck, Inc with a bid of $4,880,555.46. After a four to six week review process, a contract can be awarded. 

The construction on Highway 15 will not start before July to allow completion of the I-90 bridge work over Highway 15.   The I-90 ramps at Highway 15 are planned to be back open before the Highway 15 project begins.  There is a possibility the Highway 15 work could be delayed until 2018 due to the timelines needed for the fabrication of specialty materials. 

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, begin construction after July 2017

2017 Traffic impacts

  • Watch for lane closures and traffic shifting to single lanes.
  • 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/