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Jan. 7, 2021

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Residents, property owners vote against building noise walls at two Winona locations

WINONA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announces that residents and property owners have voted against building noise walls at two Winona locations as part of the Hwy 43/Mankato Avenue reconstruction project.

Two sites in Winona – one along Hwy 61 west of Hwy 43 and the other along Hwy 43 south of Frontenac Drive – were eligible for noise walls. Residents and property owners who would benefit from the noise walls were eligible to vote on whether to build the walls. Properties that were eligible received an information book and a ballot. Voting took place in November and early December.

In 2022, MnDOT is scheduled to reconstruct Hwy 43/Mankato Avenue from just south of Hwy 61 to Sarnia Street. The project will include safety intersection improvements with four roundabouts and facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The voting totals at the sites were:

Location 1 on Hwy 61
8-2 against having the walls.

Location 2 on Hwy 43
74-0 against having the walls.

Additionally, on Monday, Dec. 21, the Winona City Council voted in favor of municipal consent for the project to move forward.

What comes next:

  • MnDOT is cleared to move ahead with the right-of-way process. MnDOT will be coordinating with any affected landowners
  • Final plans will be developed
  • Staging layouts and construction details will begin

MnDOT and the city of Winona will continue working with the Engagement Committee, a group of Winona residents, to define the aesthetics for the corridor and what they would like to see in terms of that. The city will have the final decision on what is included in the final details of the project.

Residents will have additional opportunities for public engagement as the process continues.

Currently, MnDOT is not hosting any in-person public meetings to prevent further spread of COVID-19, but continues to hold virtual events for people to participate and keeps recordings to allow others to learn information, if they are unable to join the live event. 

Learn more:

People can learn more about the project and review updated information as well as past updates from three previous open house events in Winona at www.mankatoavereconstruction.com/documents.
To learn more about the project, go to the project website at www.mankatoavereconstruction.com/documents. To sign up for email updates, people can go here: www.mankatoavereconstruction.com/contact

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