Highway 60 Improvements Virtual Open House

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Highway 60 Improvements Project
MnDOT Virtual Open House


Welcome to the Hwy 60 Improvements Project virtual open house! Continue clicking through to learn more about future improvements coming to Highway 60 between Zumbrota and Zumbro Falls.

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Following guidance from state health officials to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has temporarily postponed all public meetings and in-person events. Public engagement remains a priority and we appreciate you joining us online to learn more about this project.

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Project Overview

MnDOT is making improvements to a 12 mile stretch of Highway 60 between Zumbrota and Zumbro Falls. This project will improve pavement conditions and increase safety for all users of Highway 60. It also includes reconstructing areas of Zumbro Falls and building a new Highway 60 bridge west of Zumbro Falls. Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2022.

See the study area

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The project area runs west from Zumbro falls to Zumbrota on Interstate 60. Blue dots indicate culvert replacements, a red dot indicates a bridge replacement in the east and a green dot indicates intersection and ADA improvements at the cross section of goodhije colorado and route 60.

Project benefits

  • Improved safety for all users
  • New roadway surface, signs, culverts and pipes, and guardrail
  • Underground utility and drainage upgrades
  • New pedestrian crossings and connections in Zumbro Falls & Mazeppa

Anticipated Schedule

Project schedule

MnDOT identified issues along this stretch of Highway 60 and started developing solutions in summer 2019. We’ve been connecting with residents, business, residents and users of Highway 60 along the way to provide input. Before we finalize the design and start construction, we want to connect back with you to share our plans and hear what you think.

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Begin Preliminary Design Summer 2019. Community Engagement Fall 2019 to Winter 2019 to 2020. Complete Preliminary Design Winter 2019 and 2020 to Spring 2020. Community Engagement Summer 2020 to Fall 2020. Begin Final Design Fall 2020. Community Engagement Winter 2020 and 2021 to Spring 2021. Complete Final Design Summer 2021. Begin Construction Spring 2022.

What to Expect During Construction

Our commitment

Our project team will be available to businesses, residents and visitors before, during and after construction. We’ll continue to listen to your needs and concerns and make adjustments when possible. Tell us what’s on your mind.

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Construction impacts

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Highway 60 will be closed to through traffic on the west side of Zumbro Falls due to bridge construction.

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Short term detours at spots along Highway 60 during culvert work.

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Local detours in Zumbro Falls during roadway reconstruction.

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Temporary lane closures on Highway 60 during paving work.

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All businesses will remain accessible during construction.

Detours and Traffic Impacts

Detours will occur in phases to accommodate construction and minimize impacts to residents, businesses and other users of this stretch of Highway 60. All businesses will remain accessible during construction. View the detour for more information

See the detour map

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Stage 1 Detour Route is in place for six to eight weeks so crews can construct five new culverts along Highway 60 and begin construction of the bridge near zumbro falls. Stage 2 detour route will be in place for eight to 10 weeks so crews can complete the bridge near zumbro falls and construct three additional culverts along highway 60. Zumbro falls street reconstruction will occur in two stages. One, the west indicated in red and two, the east indicated in orange. they will take appoximately ten to fourteen weeks to complete. Culvert and bridge construction locations along highway 60 are indicated with a safety cone, nine in total.

Zumbro Falls Sidewalk Renderings

Tiered sidewalk renderings

The existing sidewalks on the north side of Highway 60 in Zumbro Falls are too steep to meet the current standards for accessibility. During construction, the sidewalks will be flattened and raised so they are even with business entrances.

  • Steps and ramps will allow people to cross between the two sidewalk tiers.
  • The lower tier sidewalk will improve access to those using street parking.

View the renderings below to see what the future tiered sidewalks will look like.

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North side of Hwy 60 looking west from in front of Delila's Cafe.

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North side of Hwy 60 looking west from in front of Buck Wild.

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Tiered sidewalks and railing in front of the VFW.

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Tiered sidewalks and railing in front of Neptune Bar.

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Tiered sidewalks and railing looking east at Delila's Cafe.

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Tiered sidewalks in front of Buck Wild and Deb's Salon.


Mazeppa sidewalk improvements

Improvements in Mazeppa will include:

  • Pavement improvements – repaving the Highway 60 roadway surface for a smoother ride.
  • Walking improvements – replacing one existing and adding two new pedestrian crossings. Sidewalks leading to those crossings will also be replaced or added.
  • Drainage improvements – cleaning out the existing ditches so storm water flows better.

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Traffic Calming Measures near County Rd 89

Transitional speed zone

To increase safety along this stretch of Highway 60, MnDOT is exploring several traffic calming measures to put in place west of Zumbro Falls. An effective measure to increase the safety of rural high-speed roads as they approach communities is a transitional speed zone. In this zone, drivers are encouraged and expected to reduce their speed to one suitable for passing through a community.

The intersection of County Road 89 and Highway 60 is in the middle of a rural, two-lane, high-speed roadway to the west (posted at 60 miles per hour) and an urban, two-lane, low-speed roadway to the east (posted at 30 miles per hour). This location is well-suited for a transitional speed zone.

Elements of a transitional speed zone that MnDOT is considering for this location include:
  • Transition from 11-foot wide lanes down to 9-foot lanes
  • Wide median
  • Center rumble stripes
  • Chevron signage along the roadway curve
  • Dynamic Speeds Signs

Example traffic calming measures

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The map shows the inetersection of Highway 60 going left to right and route 89 crossing. On the left side of highway 60 there are chevron signage along roadway curve. In the middle cross section to route 89 are lane narrowing signs painted on the road from twelve feet down to 9 feet.

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Contact us

Questions for the MnDOT project team:

Tom Austin, Project Manager
(507) 286-7559