Begins March 27, 2017 - Ends October 2017 for the winter.
2017 Detour will be necessary for southern segment to replace bridges, culverts and where pavement is reconstructed. The detour includes Highway 30, Highway 83 and Blue Earth County Road 90.
MnDOT encourages people to use the official detour for the following reasons:
The pavement on the detour routes is designed for heavy trucks and large traffic volumes.
The detour route has better safety features including wider shoulders, gentler curves, and clear signing.
Using other routes may result in more maintenance and dust problems for local road authorities.
However, Highway 22 north of County Road 16 is a public road that is open to traffic so it is not illegal to drive on it.
Please use the official detour to reduce the negative impacts of using local roads.
2018 Detour will be necessary for northern segment and construction of roundabout at Hwy 22 and CR 90
Click map for larger PDF version. 1. Reconstruction of Hwy 22 (2017-2018)
This project includes Highway 22 from Mapleton to Blue Earth County Road 15.
Resurface from 5th Avenue in Mapleton to one mile north
Reconstruct from one mile north of Mapleton to CR 15
Left turn lanes Blue Earth County Roads 8, 10, 15 and 16.
Bypass lanes will be added at CR 62, CR 164, Twp 178, Twp 94, Twp 95
The Big Cobb River Bridge at Beauford will be replaced.
Water treatment pond construction (MPCA requirement)
2018 Detour Construction cost: $16.5 million
2. Safety Project at Hwy 22 and County Road 90 (2018)
The intersection of Hwy 22 and CR 90 has a history of crashes
This project includes constructing a roundabout at Highway 22 and Blue Earth County Road 90
Includes a thin mill and overlay from Blue Earth County Road 15 to County Road 90
Addition of left turn lanes into residential areas just north and south of County Road 90
structural snowfence in the northwest corner (Pioneer Seed area ) to reduce drifting Uses same
as work on Hwy 22 in 2018 detour Joint safety project with Blue Earth County
Cost estimate: $4 million
3. Victory Drive Memorial Corridor Project (2019)
Replacing trees removed in 2017-18 with a project (to be determined with committee) to beautify Victory Drive and honor veterans
Includes landscaping in Hwy 22/CR 90 roundabout
Wayside rest closure and relocation of
Victory Drive plaque/monument Formation of local steering committee for design decisions
More information and visuals under
Victory Drive Memorial or Victory Drive Memorial brochure Cost estimate: TBD
The Hwy 22 Victory Drive Memorial Corridor
Watch the video to learn about this project and the history of the beautification of this corridor as an honor to local veterans. Your input is needed to help MnDOT determine the best approach for the corridor that will continue to honor our local veterans and raise awareness of its significance.