Seeking Community Feedback
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking community feedback on temporary changes at Hwy 218 and 1st Street NE in Blooming Prairie. The demonstration project, which includes potential intersection safety improvements, was installed in May.
The community is encouraged to provide feedback about their experiences and impressions of the intersection changes through an online survey by August 1, 2021.
Demonstration projects allow MnDOT, project partners and community members to evaluate potential improvements before investing in permanent infrastructure changes. A list of demonstration projects in Minnesota can be viewed on this website. The demonstration project in Blooming Prairie includes temporary alterations with paint and flex posts at the intersection of Hwy 218 and 1st Street NE.
“With the Hwy 218 demonstration project, MnDOT wants to see if changes to the roadway can slow down traffic turning off of Hwy 218, and we want to see if people feel more comfortable walking through the intersection,” said Kurt Wayne, MnDOT District 6 Principal Planner. “We’d like to hear from the people who use it, because their feedback is important.”
Summary of work
The Hwy 218 corridor through Blooming Prairie will be reconstructed in 2024.
MnDOT is reviewing options for through lanes, turn lanes, bicycle and pedestrian facilities with the city of Blooming Prairie.
Public engagement is on-going and anyone with comments or questions are encouraged to reach out to the project management team.