Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23

New London

About this project

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Project summary

  • Build a J-turn at intersection of Hwy 23 & Hwy 9
  • Add safety improvements at locations (bump-outs & median refuge) along Hwy 9 in New London to enhance safety for walkers and bikers to cross Hwy 9
  • Replace sidewalk to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards between 1st Ave. SW and 2nd Ave. SW
  • Replace retaining wall along the Mill Pond bridge

Kandiyohi County project

  • Kandiyohi County is also making improvements to the New London area in 2022
  • CR 40 will be re-aligned to connect with Hwy 9 (grading of road will be done in 2021, paving will take place in 2022)
  • A pedestrian underpass will be built under Hwy 23 to connect the "new" CR 40 to Hwy 9
  • A trail extension on the west side is also being built

2017 Safety Assessment

  • The City of New London, New London Township, Kandiyohi County and MnDOT partnered to conduct a safety assessment of four intersections (CR 40, Hwy 9, 153rd Ave. NE and North Shore Drive) along Hwy 23 in 2017
  • As part of the safety assessment process, partners went to the community to hear about their concerns and what the final solution needed to address
  • The community was concerned with crashes at Hwy 23 and Hwy 9. They also expressed their concern for the lack of space for trucks to wait in the median and the amount of congestion at the Hwy 23/Hwy 9 intersection. The need for improvements for walkers and bikers at Hwy 23 & Hwy 9 as well as across from the school were also expressed.
  • In the fall of 2017, safety assessment partners went back to the community with recommended safety improvements that address their concerns
  • There were many options considered, but the design that best addresses the safety issues as well as addresses the wants and needs of the community is a J-turn.
  • MnDOT received special safety funding to construct a J-turn and to make safety improvements for walkers and bikers in New London


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