Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 65 Albert Lea Main Street Project

Albert Lea


Virtual open house

The virtual open house comment period closed on Nov. 29, 2020 however it remains open to the public to view. The project management team has provided responses to the comments which can be viewed under the resources tab.

People with additional comments or questions about the project are encouraged to contact the project management team or fill out the comment form.

Small group meetings

Small group meetings for business owners and residents along the project occurred during the week of Nov. 30 – Dec. 4. Recordings and written summaries of each meeting are available for review, click on the meetings tab.

Following guidance from state health officials to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT has temporarily postponed all in-person public meetings and events. Public engagement remains a priority and MnDOT is offering an online option as one way to continue and maintain connections with the public.

About this project

Hwy 65 project map
Hwy 65 project map

Summary of work

  • Reconstruction of Hwy 65 from Newton Ave to the Shellrock River Bridge
  • Design options are being considered to reduce flood incidents
  • Asphalt repaving of Hwy 65 from Shell Rock River Bridge to Sorenson Ave
  • New shared-use path from Garfield Ave to east of Syverson Ave
  • New traffic signal at Garfield Ave
  • New lighting, and intersection safety improvements from Garfield Ave to Prospect Ave
  • ADA and safety improvements

Traffic impacts

Detours and single-lane closures

Hwy 65 project schedule
Hwy 65 project schedule