While Highway 22 won't be shut down completely until June 1, work will begin in earnest May 12, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Lane restrictions on Highway 22 will begin then from Hoffman Road to Victory Drive north of Highway 14, followed by the complete closure of the highway on June 2 — assuming the west end of the County Road 17 project is finished.
May 12 also is the date for the official groundbreaking and open house, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Snell Motors. Area business owners, many of which were concerned that the detours and other construction delays would keep customers away, are making coupons available to the first 200 people attending the groundbreaking.
Sleepy Eye-based Mathiowetz also won the Highway 22 contract with a $7.1 million bid. Along with the roundabouts at Adams and Madison, the project will include replacing and repairing worn-out pavement and improving accessibility to trails.
Construction barrels are already in place beside Highway 22 in preparation for the looming lane closures, and crews were installing temporary signal lights at Adams Street and Haefner Drive. The lights are needed at that intersection, which serves the Hilltop Hy-Vee shopping area, because traffic volumes will increase dramatically there once Highway 22 shuts down.
A temporary road is also planned from Highway 22 through the Gander Mountain parking lot to provide access to that shopping area from the north.