About this project
Detour starts July 25
Starting July 25, detours of Hwy 316 and 130th Ave. will direct motorists west of the intersection on Hwy 61 and then either north or south to connect back with their road. They can also utilize side roads to reach their destinations. Detours will occur in stages.
Hwy 61 projects public meeting
Thank you to those who visited the July 12, 2022 public meeting. Five Hwy 61 projects were on display. Team members were available for questions and comments.
MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at ADArequest.email@example.com or call 651-366-4720.
Summary of work
Construction of a roundabout at Hwy 61 and Hwy 316 began July 18 and is scheduled to be complete at the end of October 2022. The location is in Goodhue County near Welch.
MnDOT evaluated Hwy 61 to identify improvements to help with safety and traffic flow through the corridor, specifically at the Hwy 61/Hwy 316 intersection in Goodhue County. Through this evaluation, MnDOT made recommendations on:
- Improving intersection safety for all users
- Improving ways to safely get to and from the highway
- Shortening wait times and keeping traffic moving
- Bicycle facilities and connections
- Improved intersection conditions to accommodate future development in the area
After studying these findings, MnDOT identified that a roundabout will be constructed to improve safety by reducing speed at the busy intersection. At the same time, MnDOT will make additional safety improvements and make connections for bicyclists with the addition of a trail that goes around the new intersection and connects to the on-road Mississippi River Trail system.
Construction is also scheduled in 2022 for the Hwy 61/County Road 18 intersection in Goodhue County.
Benefits of a roundabout
- Significantly reduce the risk of serious and fatal crashes
- Allows motorists to get through the intersection more safely and in less time
- Handle more traffic with less delay than most stop signs or traffic signals
- Slow traffic down to make entering and exiting the area easier for all users
Learn more about roundabouts and how to navigate them.
Over the past few years, MnDOT has been evaluating safety and travel conditions in this area to determine needed safety improvements. Significant safety issues were identified at this intersection, which include:
- A history of serious right-angle crashes. Right-angle crashes, sometimes called “T-bone” crashes, are often more deadly or serious than other crashes. Traditional four-lane divided highway intersections, such as this one, have an increased risk of severe T-bone crashes, especially for drivers attempting to cross all four lanes of traffic or turn left.
- Difficulty getting on/off Hwy 61 during certain times of the day.
- A wide variety of users, with varying needs.