Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 16, 2019

Hwy 22 Victory Drive Memorial plantings begin

Motorists are advised to watch for workers 

MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists and residents along Highway 22 from Mankato to Mapleton, also known as Victory Drive Memorial Highway, can expect to see workers busy staking today, April 16, and then planting in May as part of the project to replace over 600 trees that were planted to honor soldiers dating back to World War I.

No major traffic impacts for the landscaping project are anticipated, but motorists will need to drive with caution and beware of shoulder closures, equipment and workers.

Victory Drive trees were planted by the Mankato Garden Club with the help of the Mapleton American Legion and other community groups when the highway was reconstructed in 1951.  Local Mapleton residents and Maple River students have also been instrumental in replanting in past years. Many of these trees were removed because they were too close to the highway for safety, were affected by construction or were dead or dying.

The memorial project uses five landscaping patterns throughout the project to represent each of the five branches of military services. The concepts as well as the monuments funded by the Mapleton Area Foundation can be seen at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy22mapleton/victorydrive.html 

The Victory Drive Memorial landscaping project from Mankato to Mapleton began late last summer with clearing and grubbing and work on Memorial Park in Mapleton. The city of Mapleton has partnered with MnDOT on the landscaping project.

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