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MnDOT - Hwy 12 Reconstruction Project



    MnDOT – Virtual Engagement

    Thank you for your participation in our online engagement! The entire session should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. We look forward to the new and improved features this project will bring to Litchfield.

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    How to navigate

    • Click on the arrows on the right side of your screen.
    • Use the navigation bar at the left of your screen to revisit any part of the meeting.

    How to participate

    • Click through all 7 slides to learn more about the next steps of the reconstruction project.

    Project Overview

    What is planned for this project?

    Hwy 12 reconstruction in Litchfield will continue in 2020.

    This work includes:

    • Reconstruct Highway 12 from 4th Street to E Commercial Street
    • Replace sidewalks and update pedestrian crossings and ramps to improve conditions for walkers and people with disabilities
    • Reconstruct Highway 12 from the intersection of Highway 12/Highway 22 to N Holcombe Avenue
    • Reconstruct N Holcombe from Highway 12 to E 1st Avenue
    • City utilities will be updated including sanitary, sewer and water (City of Litchfield project

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    Project Improvements

    What will this area look like after construction?

    Preserve historic elements of downtown A new traffic signal installed at the Hwy 12 and 3rd Street intersection 16 new acorn-style lights will be placed in the project area Two historic style clocks will be installed in the project area Final decisions on lighting, design, landscaping and the 
                                             traffic signal were made by the Litchfield City Council

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    Accessibility Improvements

    Sidewalk and crossing improvements for walkers and people with disabilities. This includes new sidewalks that will be 8 feet wide.

    An example of accessible sidewalk ramp

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    Construction Timeline and Detour Information

    How will the project progress over the next nine months?

    Project Map

    Highway 12 construction map

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    Phase 1: End of March through November 2020

    • Highway 12 will be closed from 4th Street to E Commercial Street
    • The detour will be MN 24 to County Road 34
    • Intersection of Highway 12/Highway 22 will remain open during Stage 1 through July 4

    Phase 2: July through November 2020

    • Highway 12 will be closed from the intersection of Highway 12/Highway 22 to N Holcombe Avenue
    • A one-block portion of N Holcombe Avenue will be closed from Highway 12 to E 1st Street
    • Hwy 22 from E Commercial Street to the intersection of Hwy 12/Hwy 22 will be closed
    • The detour of Hwy 22 will be S Davis Avenue to E St. Paul Street to access Highway 22
    Highway 12 construction phases

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    What To Expect During Construction

    What will construction look like?

    Construction elements of the project

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    Historical Considerations

    How is history being preserved?

    Litchfield Historic District

    MnDOT must balance the state’s transportation needs with historic preservation as part of all of their project undertakings. Much of the Highway 12 reconstruction project is located within and near the Litchfield Historic Commercial District and other historic properties.

    Due to the project taking place in a historic district, there will be a vibration monitoring plan. If construction vibration exceeds the set amount (current traffic levels), the project will shut down until a plan is in place.

    Historic photograph of downtown Litchfield

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    Get Involved

    Where can people find more information?

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    Contact the Project Team

    Questions for the MnDOT Project Team:

    Al Setrum, Construction Supervisor | (320) 214-6321

    Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, Public Engagement | (320) 214-6426

    Questions regarding City of Litchfield project:

    Chuck DeWolf, City of Litchfield Utility Project Manager | (320) 212-2846

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