Minnesota’s Transportation Conference features MnDOT District 6 projects
ROCHESTER, Minn. —When hundreds of industry experts gather in Mankato this week for Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, many will learn about successful public and business community engagement efforts in MnDOT’s southeast Minnesota district, District 6.
The Red Wing Bridge project will be featured in a Wednesday afternoon session to highlight strategies used to enhance the public’s knowledge and experience during construction. In 2017, crews began construction on a new river crossing to replace the Highway 63 Eisenhower Bridge. District 6 has worked closely with the City of Red Wing, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and area business and agency partners to engage and inform the public about the construction process. Terry Ward, MnDOT construction project manager, is one of the presenters.
Another session on Wednesday afternoon will focus on lessons learned from District 6’s recent interviews of more than 100 businesses and manufacturers in 11 southeast Minnesota counties to better understand their current and future transportation priorities. The goal is to find low-cost, high-value solutions to improve the transportation system and enhance economic development in the region. A final report will be finished in the spring. District Engineer Jeff Vlaminck is one of the presenters.
Additionally, MnDOT’s Highway 61/Main Street project with Red Wing will be included in a Wednesday afternoon presentation on the use of social media in transportation planning and projects. Another project in southeast Minnesota is on the program schedule. Rochester’s Destination Medical Center efforts to develop a single comprehensive transportation plan is being presented Wednesday morning.
The annual Minnesota Transportation Conference is the largest transportation event in the state. This year it is being held at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato Feb. 28-March 1.
MnDOT District 6 headquarters are in Rochester with offices in Owatonna and Winona. It is one of eight MnDOT districts that plan, build, operate and maintain a safe, accessible, efficient and reliable multimodal transportation system that connects people to destinations and markets throughout the state, regionally and around the world.