- Safety improvements (bump-outs and mid-block pedestrian crossings) along Hwy 9 in New London are being added to improve safety for walkers and bikers to cross Hwy 9
- Dedicated turn lanes are being constructed near the the Country Stop
- Portions of the retaining wall along the Mill Pond bridge are being replaced
- Hearing concerns from the New London City Council as well as the public, MnDOT District 8 made the decision to step back and pause the construction of a J-turn at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9.
- With the decision to pause the J-turn project, the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 will substantially as is until the re-evaluation is complete. Depending on the selected safety improvement option, construction of a safety improvement at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 could be delayed to 2024 or later.
- There are some pieces of the overall safety project that will move forward during the summer of 2022 (project summary above).
- MnDOT is moving forward with the installation of LED intersection warning signs at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 in New London. Signs will be installed approximately 1,000 feet from the intersection. Click here to see an image of the signs and location.
- The warning signs will alert drivers of traffic approaching the intersection.
- The warning signs are a short-term improvement that can be implemented while a long-term solution is re-evaluated (see community input process below).
- The signs are expected be installed this fall.
Community input process
- MnDOT has secured Pamela Whitmore, Whitmore Resolution Group, to facilitate the community input process, including the formation of an advisory group, to assist in the engagement.
- The advisory group will be integral to helping analyze potential safety solutions, consider public feedback, and make a recommendation to MnDOT on a safety solution that can be implemented in the next five years, will allow for future growth, minimize impacts on adjacent properties and assure the flow of commerce on Highway 23.
- In-person and virtual options will be available for the public to give input throughout the process.
- The process is expected to take approximately 6 months.
- The first advisory group meeting was held on Monday, April 11 at Peace Lutheran Church. Click here to read a summary of the first meeting.
- The next advisory group meeting will be held on June 13 at Peace Lutheran Church in New London.
Advisory group membership
- Bill Adams, New London-Spicer School District
- Kelly Asche, City Council
- Ryan Barney, MnDOT District 8
- Cody Brand, MnDOT District 8
- Doug Dietz, New London Township
- Jon Huseby, MnDOT District 8 - District Engineer
- Roger Imdieke, County Commissioner
- Trooper (Josh) Monson, MN State Patrol
- Mandi Lighthizer, MnDOT District 8
- Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County
- Stacey Petersen, Amcon Concrete Products
- Josh Reed, New London Chamber of Commerce President and business owner
- Anthony Rupp, New London Fire Chief
- Richard Schmidt, business owner and community member
- Darica Schneider, Jennie-O
- Dr. Richard Wehseler, community member
- Click here to read a summary of the first advisory group meeting