Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 12 Reconstruction


About this project

map of project area

Project update - soil investigation work begins week of Sept. 19. Work will be done under traffic.

Summary of MnDOT work

  • Reconstruction of four blocks of Hwy 12 and Hwy 22 through downtown Litchfield from Commercial Street to 4th Street
  • Project includes the reconstruction of the existing roadway and sidewalks from building face to building face
  • Update pedestrian crossings along project area to meet Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards
  • Improve drainage along the project area and associated outlet to Jewett Creek
  • Since much of the Highway 12 reconstruction project is located within and near the Litchfield Historic Commercial District and other historic properties, the Section 106 review process is a crucial component to the project. MnDOT is working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Summary of City of Litchfield work

  • Update utilities (sanitary sewer & water) along the project area

Public engagement summary

The first phase of public engagement for the project focused on informing the public about the overall project and asking for feedback on:

  • Downtown street lighting options ( 5-Globe, Acorn, Standard)
  • Downtown street trees (yes or no)
  • Intersection control options for the Hwy 12/3rd Street intersection (RRFB, HAWK, Unwarranted Traffic Signal)
  • The process also gave the public the opportunity to comment on potential affects to historic resources

There were five main public engagement opportunities:

  • Public open house - June 26, 2017
  • Watercade - July 8, 2017
  • Business open house - July 18, 2017
  • Meeker County Fair - August 4, 2017
  • Online survey - July/August 2017

A total of over 830 people participated in these opportunities. This number includes all participants in engagement events, some of which did not participate in the survey. It is not possible to track responses by individual.


  • For intersection control alternatives, the most popular response was the RRFB, followed by the HAWK.
  • For downtown lighting options, the 5-Globe style and acorn were the most popular choices.
  • A majority supported adding street trees in downtown to the project.
  • Click here for a full summary of all public engagement work and results.

Next Steps

  • Results of public engagement around lighting and street trees were presented to the Litchfield Historic Preservation Committee on August 28, 2017.
  • Results of all public engagement activities were presented to the Litchfield City Council at the Sept. 5, 2017 meeting.
  • The City of Litchfield will determine which amenities to include in the final plan.