Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 and Hwy 9

New London

Safety improvement project update

  • Hearing concerns from the New London City Council as well as the public, MnDOT District 8 made the decision to step back and pause the construction of a J-turn at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9.
  • With the decision to pause the J-turn project, the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 will substantially as is until the re-evaluation is complete. Depending on the selected safety improvement option, construction of a safety improvement at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 could be delayed to 2024 or later.

Public meetings

  • The public meeting scheduled for Aug. 9 has been cancelled. Our apologizes. Check back for more information on a future meeting date.

Community input process

  • MnDOT has secured Pamela Whitmore, Whitmore Resolution Group, to facilitate the community input process, including the 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 Highway 23.
  • In-person and virtual options will be available for the public to give input throughout the process.
  • The process is expected to take approximately 6 months.
  • The first advisory group meeting was held on Monday, April 11 at Peace Lutheran Church. Click here to read a summary of the first meeting.
  • The second advisory group meeting was held on Monday, June 13 at Peace Lutheran Church. Click here to read a summary of the second meeting.
  • The next advisory group meeting will be held in the Fall of 2022, date TBD.

Short-term improvements

  • MnDOT is moving forward with the installation of LED intersection warning signs at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 in New London. Signs will be installed approximately 1,000 feet from the intersection. Click here to see an image of the signs and location.
  • The warning signs will alert drivers of traffic approaching the intersection.
  • The warning signs are a short-term improvement that can be implemented while a long-term solution is re-evaluated (see community input process below).
  • The signs are expected be installed this fall.