The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 27, 2013

Roundabout delay for mall makes sense

Why it matters: Delaying MnDOT's plans for a roundabout near the River Hills Mall would reduce business disruption during construction.

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Given the long list of things MnDOT points to that need work, including surface maintenance on area highways, we suspect there are a few road projects that can be moved up, and the public would probably be thrilled. A few interchange and expansion projects along Highway 14 come to mind.

In any event, MnDOT seems willing to “go back to the drawing board” to make this plan work. That’s a good example of the agency responding to the needs of the public and business.

Delaying the Adams/Highway 22 roundabout until 2015 makes sense. And providing incentives for contractors to get it done early would be money well spent to protect the integrity and business activity of Mankato’s largest commercial district.

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