Hearing concerns from the New London City Council as well as the public, MnDOT District 8 made the decision to step back and pause the construction of a J-turn at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9.
With the decision to pause the J-turn project, the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 will substantially as is until the re-evaluation is complete. Depending on the selected safety improvement option, construction of a safety improvement at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 could be delayed to 2024 or later.
Community input process
MnDOT has secured Pamela Whitmore, Whitmore Resolution Group, to facilitate the community input process, including the formation of an advisory group, to assist in the engagement.
The advisory group will be integral to helping analyze potential safety solutions, consider public feedback, and make a recommendation to MnDOT on a safety solution that can be implemented in the next five years, will allow for future growth, minimize impacts on adjacent properties and assure the flow of commerce on Highway 23.
In-person and virtual options will be available for the public to give input throughout the process.
The process is expected to take approximately 6 months.