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March 21, 2022

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MnDOT plans aerial photo work in south central Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will conduct aerial mapping of several locations in south central Minnesota this spring. The mapping will create a record of existing infrastructure and landscape along, and adjacent to, MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and operations.  This work must be conducted after the snow has melted and before the trees leaf out.

Work will begin in late March, weather permitting, in the following locations:

  • Highway 68, from Highway 15 south of New Ulm to Highway 169 near Mankato
  • Highway 19, from Highway 15 in Winthrop to Gaylord
  • Highway 264, from I-90 to Round Lake

MnDOT crews will paint large white “X” targets on paved road surfaces and place fabric “X” targets on unpaved surfaces and outside of public right of way. A survey crew then records the coordinate position and elevation of these targets and provides that information to the aerial photography company. The targets are temporary and will be removed when the photography is completed.

Landowners in affected areas will receive a letter from the local MnDOT office with detailed information about the targets. MnDOT requests that landowners not remove or disturb the targets until the photography is completed. If a target must be moved, please contact MnDOT District 7 survey staff at 507-514-1932 or by email at justin.kraus@state.mn.us.

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