Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Southwest Minnesota Regional Information

MnDOT District 8

Maintenance operations

Snow and ice control

The area around a snowplow is considered a work zone. Please give crews room to clear the road.

Maintenance crew projects

Year round, MnDOT maintenance employees provide maintenance and preservation of Minnesota state highways. Projects include:

  • Snow & ice controlĀ (Anatomy of a winter storm)
  • Repairing potholes
  • Mowing along the highway
  • Guard rail repair
  • Removing debris from the highway
  • Paint striping
  • Patching
  • Shouldering
  • Ditch cleaning
  • Tree and brush clearing

Happenings around Southwest Minnesota

Hwy 22 near Biscay a tree was uprooted

Tree uprooted by tornado off Hwy 22 n of Biscay

Crews cleaning up from tornado damage

A tornado uprooted this tree off Highway 22, just north of Biscay on July 28, 2019. It fell across a township road and kept maintenance crews busy with the removal.

Districtwide operations

Delineator post installations

MnDOT is installing delineator posts along all unlighted, four-lane rural highways. The statewide project is designed to aid traveler safety, especially during night and adverse weather conditions when pavement markings may be hard to see. The posts provide visual separation between roadways and the surrounding land through the use of a square-shaped reflector set on point at the top of each post. The project began Fall 2018 and will be completed at the end of Summer 2019.

A delineator post along Hwy 71/23 in Willmar

Delineator posts along Hwy 71/23 in Willmar.

Posts are spaced 1/10th of a mile apart and will be installed on more than 1,300 miles of highways. In Southwest Minnesota, delineator posts are being installed along Highway 23 in Marshall and Granite Falls, as well as on US Highway 71 in Willmar, and along the four-lane portions of Highway 23 from Willmar to Paynesville. The posts will also be installed along US Highway 212 in Glencoe.

Districtwide striping

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) upgraded roadway striping to wet reflective markings on several highways throughout southwest Minnesota District 8, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties.

Striping operations for 2019 have been completed. Highways that received upgraded striping include (listed by county):

  • Chippewa/Kandiyohi - Hwy 7 from Clara City to Hwy 71
  • Kandiyohi - Hwy 71 from 0.5 m. north of Hwy 23 to 0.2 m. north of Hwy 9
  • Kandiyohi - Hwy 9 from 1st Ave. in New London to Hwy 104
  • Lac qui Parle - Hwy 75 from 1 m. north of Hwy 67 to 0.4 m. south of Hwy 212
  • Lincoln - Hwy 19 from SD state line to Hwy 75
  • Lincoln - Hwy 14 from SD state line to Hwy 75
  • Lyon/Redwood - Hwy 19 from 0.7 m. east of Hwy 23 in Marshall to 0.2 m. east of Hwy 67
  • Lyon - Hwy 59 from Hwy 14 to 0.3 m. north of Co Rd 6
  • Meeker/McLeod - Hwy 22 from Hwy 7 to W. Pleasure Dr. in Litchfield
  • Meeker/Renville - Hwy 4 from Hwy 19 in Fairfax to Northern Cross Ave. in Cosmos
  • Murray - Hwy 59 from Hwy 62 in Fulda to 0.25 m. north of Hwy 30
  • Pipestone - Hwy 75 from north Hwy 23 in Pipestone to 161st St.
  • Pipestone - Hwy 30 from SD state line to 8th Ave. SW in Pipestone
  • Pipestone - Hy 269 from SD state line to Hwy 23 in Jasper
  • Renville - Hwy 71 from 0.62 m. north of Hwy 19 to 0.7 m. south of Hwy 212 in Olivia
  • Yellow Medicine - Hwy 67 from 1.1 m. south of 240th Ave to 4th Ave. in Echo
  • Yellow Medicine - Hwy 68 from SD state line to Maple Ave. in Canby

Benefits of the project include enhanced safety. The project was estimated to cost $750,000. Century Fence was the contractor on the project.

Culvert repair projects

Repairing a culvert along Hwy 71 in Willmar

There were several districtwide culvert repairs during the summer of 2018. Here is a photo of a DNR water control structure along US Highway 71 N in Willmar. This project (also pictured below), will be completed in 2019. Seeding operations have been completed (2019).

Replacing signage along Highway 23 near Marshall

In this photo, the crew is in a trench box preparing the casing to push through the soil behind the boring/cutting head as part of the US Hwy 71 N in Willmar culvert repair project.