Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 65 Albert Lea Main Street Project

Albert Lea

About this project

Summary of work

Hwy 65 project map
Hwy 65 project map
  • Reconstruct Hwy 65 from Newton Ave. to the Shell Rock River Bridge
  • Reduce flood events
  • Repave Hwy 65 from Shell Rock River Bridge to Sorenson Ave
  • Reduce serious right-angle crashes with intersection modifications from Garfield Ave. to Prospect Ave.
  • Make ADA and safety improvements including construction of new sidewalks and median refuges
  • Install new traffic signal at Garfield Ave.
  • Install new lighting

Please referance the final layout for detailed information.

Newton Ave. to Shellrock River Bridge

Project goals

  • Reduce flood events
  • Improve pedestrian access and safety

Solution

  • Reconstruct roadway and raise 2 feet at low point
  • Increase storm sewer intake capacity
  • Install backflow prevention
  • Widen sidewalks, add pedestrian refuges
  • Construct new sidewalk between Elizabeth Ave and Katherine St

Wilson St. to Ulstad Ave.

Project goals

  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety

Solution

  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install turn lanes
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Fenton Ave. to Prospect Ave.

Project goals

  • Reduce number of right-angle crashes, or T-bone crashes, which are usually more serious. Right-angle crashes appear to be from cross street traffic
  • Resolve pedestrian access issues with unclear routes and improve safety

Solution

  • Limit access points and cross street traffic
  • Increase distance between access points
  • Install Reduce Conflict Intersections (RCI)
  • Construct new sidewalks
  • Add pedestrian refuges in the median

Traffic impacts

Detours and single-lane closures

Hwy 65 project schedule
Hwy 65 project schedule