Minnesota Department of Transportation

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July 31, 2017

MnDOT joins Corn Carnival festivities to discuss Hwy 12 project design

Project leaders seek local input on project’s proposed improvements

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a booth at the 2017 Cokato Corn Carnival to share information and gather feedback on the proposed design for a 2019 project that will resurface and potentially redesign Highway 12 through downtown Cokato.

Corn Carnival visitors will find the MnDOT booth at the southeast corner of Peterson Park at the baseball diamond backstop, near the intersection of Sixth Street and Broadway Avenue, for one night, Tuesday, August 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All comments received will be used to inform future decisions on the project’s final design.

The 2019 project will resurface Highway 12 between Sunset Avenue N and Seventh Street SE. Various safety improvements are also being investigated to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Potential design elements include enhanced pedestrian crossings, bicycle lanes separated from traffic with a buffer space, narrower driving lanes and a mini-roundabout at Broadway Avenue. The proposed safety improvements are meant to address concerns identified in the 2015 Highway 12 road safety audit.

Carnival goers who visit the MnDOT booth can view displays including project area maps and information about current safety concerns, weigh-in on design options and sign-up for the project updates. The Highway 12 project team will be available to answer questions and explain design components in detail.

This is the first opportunity for Cokato area residents to critique the project design and provide feedback on the project.

For more information on MnDOT projects in Wright County and Central Minnesota, visit www.mndot.gov/d3.

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