2023 Demonstration Project
Starting the week of October 2, MnDOT, in collaboration with the city of Alexandria, will install a demonstration project on Highway 29 (Third Avenue). Users will encounter barrels and signs at crossings between Broadway and Nokomis Street until mid-October, weather permitting, to study:
- Center median closures to improve pedestrian safety.
- This will restrict left turns while allowing right turning movements.
Demonstration projects allow public agencies, community partners, and people walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving to evaluate potential infrastructure improvements before potentially investing in permanent changes.
The demonstration project is being completed ahead of this winter as MnDOT will begin to prepare plans to construct medians on Third Avenue to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers. MnDOT has received safety funding for a project in 2025.
The medians will be closed using barrels to restrict left turns at the following locations:
- Maple Street, Kenwood Street and Hawthorne Street.
- Lake Street, Jefferson Street and Hawthorne Street.
The demonstration will be in place until the end of October, weather permitting.