Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 6, 2019

Preparation work for 2020 Hwy 15 project planned for Nov. 12

WILLMAR, Minn. –Thirty-one trees will be removed from state and city right-of-ways along Highway 15 in Hutchinson on November 12, 2019, in preparation for the 2020 Main Street reconstruction project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has contracted with the City of Hutchinson for the removals.

Tree removal is necessary to accommodate the sidewalk construction, utility replacement, and curb and gutter work that will take place during next year’s reconstruction project.

A portion of Highway 15 (Main Street) will be closed and a short-term detour will remain in effect for up to 24 hours. Front access to/from some properties in the work zone will be unavailable for a period of time, but alley access will not be affected, and is recommended. If necessary, the city may also close Fourth Avenue Southwest (between Franklin Street Southwest and Main Street South) and Fourth Avenue Southeast (between Main Street South and Hassan Street Southeast) overnight.

Traffic will be detoured from Second Avenue Southeast to Jefferson Street Southeast to Century Avenue Southeast.

The 2020 Main Street project includes the reconstruction of Highway 15 from Second Avenue South to Fifth Avenue South. It also includes pavement resurfacing on Highway 15 from Fifth Avenue South to just north of the roundabout at County Road 115/Airport Road, as well as the addition of a left-turn lane at Linden Avenue and updated pedestrian crossings along the project areas to meet Americans with Disabilities standards.

Benefits of the project include:

  • Smoother road surface
  • Modernized sanitary sewer and water
  • Updated city and state infrastructure

Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2020 and last into the fall of 2020. The contract will be awarded early next year.

For more information, visit the project webpage at mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy15downtownhutch.

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