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Parkers Prairie plans open house for Highway 29 project

PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Avenue Design Partners (ADP), and the city of Parkers Prairie have been working on a concept plan for a Complete Streets project on Highway 29 (Otter Avenue) in Parkers Prairie, projected for 2015 or 2016.

The city will host an open house to show ADP’s recommended concept design and two other designs on Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Prairie Event Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Complete Streets is the planning, scoping, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of roads in order to reasonably address the safety and accessibility needs of users of all ages and abilities.

It considers the needs of motorists, pedestrians, transit users and vehicles, bicyclists, and commercial and emergency vehicles in a manner that is sensitive to the local context.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) requires that the principles of Complete Streets be considered at all phases of planning and project development of a multimodal transportation system.

Parkers Prairie hopes this project will better connect the community’s residents to economic opportunities and a higher quality of life.

By maintaining and upgrading the existing transportation and city infrastructure, as well as by developing alternate modes of transportation, the city will connect residents to the downtown business district, schools, and community amenities.

The long-term goal is to create an environment that will attract businesses and new community members.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health is the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties.

For more information, contact Patrick Hollister at (218) 329-1809 or

For more information about Complete Streets, visit