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March 29, 2019

Finishing work on Highways 19 and 71 project in Redwood Falls begins Monday

WILLMAR, Minn. – Finishing work on the Highways 19 and 71 project in Redwood Falls begins Monday, April 1, 2019, with snow removal and prep work. Due to last year’s early cold temperatures and other factors, the installation of permanent pavement markings, erosion control, concrete boulevards, and permanent traffic signals were delayed until this year.

On Wednesday, April 3, crews plan to take down the temporary traffic signals which have been in place since November 2018. Installation of the permanent signals was postponed due to a delay in getting the three new signals fabricated. Four-way stops will be located at the intersections of Highway 19 and DeKalb Street, and at Highway 19 and Swain Street, until the new signals are in place. A new traffic signal will also be installed at the intersection of Highway 19 and Redwood County Road 101.

No detours are anticipated during the remainder of this project. Installation of the traffic signals will begin first and take approximately three weeks using intermittent lane closures. The remaining work will begin once the ground thaws.

This project contained several components, including the following:

  • The construction of a continuous two-way left turn lane from Cook Street to Patton Street
  • A new traffic signal at the intersection of County Road 101
  • The replacement of traffic signals at North Swain Street and North Dekalb Street
  • Pedestrian ramp, sidewalk and driveway upgrades from West 11th Street to Highway 71 to meet current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards
  • Upgrading pedestrian ramps, sidewalks and driveways from just west of South Minnesota Street to Patton Street

Benefits of the project include improved drainage, enhanced safety at intersections, and improved ramps, sidewalks and driveways for people with disabilities. The project cost $3.6 million and the contractor was Duininck, Inc.

For more information on the project visit mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwys19and71redwoodfalls.

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