MnDOT to re-engage community about the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 in New London
WILLMAR, Minn. – MnDOT District 8 is planning to re-engage the community in a process to identify a safety improvement project for the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 in New London. In-person and virtual options will be available for the public to give input throughout the process.
MnDOT has secured Pamela Whitmore, Whitmore Resolution Group, to facilitate the process, including 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 Hwy 23. The process is expected to take approximately 6 months.
A decision was made by MnDOT District 8 in December 2021 to pause the Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 safety improvement project. The decision to step back was in response to concerns voiced by the New London City Council as well as the public about the planned J-turn at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9.
There are pieces of the Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 safety project that are moving forward on Hwy 9 during the summer of 2022. The addition of dedicated left turn lanes at the Country Stop, construction of a mid-block pedestrian crossing in front of the New London Spicer School and mid-block pedestrian crossing near 3rd Avenue Southeast, and the replacement of portions of the retaining wall along the Mill Pond are still scheduled to be completed.
In addition to the 2022 projects scheduled for Hwy 9, MnDOT is also looking at potential interim items that could be implemented at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 while a long-term safety improvement is being identified.