Minnesota Department of Transportation

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July 1, 2020

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Highway 15/Main Street Hutchinson project update

North side of 5th Avenue South at Highway 15 closes July 2

WILLMAR, Minn. —The Highway 15/Main Street reconstruction project in Hutchinson officially transitions into the next stage of construction (Stage 4) on Thursday, July 2. The road closure moves to the north side of 5th Avenue South at Highway 15. There will be limited access to the 5th Avenue intersection during early phases of Stage 4. Crews will be breaking up the old roadway and removing debris along Highway 15 from 3rd Avenue South to the north side of 5th Avenue South.

During Stage 4:

  • Construction takes place at the intersections of Highway 15 with 3rd Avenue South, 4th Avenue South
  • Area is closed to all vehicle traffic from all directions
  • Crosswalks are closed to pedestrian traffic
  • Sidewalks will remain open for business access when possible
  • Washington Avenue and 5th Avenue intersections are open for crossing
  • 2nd Avenue intersection will be open for crossing when 5th Avenue isn’t available
  • Parking is available on streets and in parking lots on the backside of Main Street businesses

The Hutchinson Main Street project includes the reconstruction of Highway 15 from Second Avenue North to Fifth Avenue South. Included with the project, Highway 15 will be resurfaced from Fifth Avenue South to just north of the roundabout at County Road 115/Airport Road, and a northbound left-turn lane will be constructed at Linden Avenue. Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings will be upgraded along both project areas to make them accessible for all people.

The city of Hutchinson will replace utilities (sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water) in downtown Hutchinson under Highway 15/Main Street during reconstruction.

Watch for orange cones

MnDOT asks travelers to always drive with caution, and reminds everyone to: 

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

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

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