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Big changes in store for Highway 29 South

Highway 29 South will eventually be four lanes up to County Road 28. (Echo Press graphic)

Big changes await the main southern route in and out of Alexandria - Highway 29 South.

The public is invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, October 11, to discuss a 2015-2016 project to rebuild the Interstate 94/Highway 29 interchange and expand Highway 29 to four lanes south of I-94.

An open house is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway. A short presentation will begin at 5 p.m.

The meeting is an opportunity for the public to get an overview of the project, which includes:

--Reconstructing the I-94/Highway 29 interchange ramps.

--Rebuilding the Highway 29 bridges over I-94.

--Improving access to nearby frontage roads.

--Expanding Highway 29 to four lanes south of I-94 to County Road 28.

--Realigning County Road 28.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, project consultant SEH, the city of Alexandria and Douglas County will be available at the meeting to answer questions and discuss concerns.

The project, according to MnDOT, will reduce long-term maintenance and improve safety and mobility along Highway 29. The project was recommended in the Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation study completed in March 2011.

Right now, there is inadequate spacing between intersections and heavy traffic along 50th Avenue that will get more congested as the area grows, MnDOT noted.

MnDOT listed seven benefits from the project. It will:

--Replace two structurally deficient bridges with bridges that meet current standards.

--Reduce long-term maintenance.

--Improve safety and mobility at the Highway 29/50th Avenue intersection.

--Add new turn lanes at several locations along the corridor for improved safety.

--Enhance mobility and safety south of I-94.

--Improve Highway 29 access management.

--Increase pedestrian mobility and safety with ADA-compliant curb ramps.

For more information, contact Brad Cegla, MnDOT project manager, at or (320) 208-7007. Project information also is available at

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at (651) 366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also e-mail your request to Make requests at least one week in advance, if possible.