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Plans for Hwy 27/I-94 include roundabout

The Minnesota Department of Transportation conducted a study to identify traditional highway improvements that are designed to improve traffic performance, mobility and driver satisfaction at the Hwy 27 and Interstate 94 interchange near Alexandria. (Contributed map)

A presentation about the state's plans for the Highway 27 and Interstate 94 corridor -- including a roundabout -- will take place during the Douglas County Board meeting Tuesday, April 16.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation officials will give recommendations about the future of the corridor, starting at about 10 a.m., an hour after the meeting starts. The presentation will take place at the Douglas County Courthouse, 305 8th Ave W. in Alexandria.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the Highway 27 corridor for potential short and long-term improvements. Based on the combination of analysis and stakeholder input on the corridor study, the project team made the following recommendations for the study area:

  • Construct a roundabout at the intersection of eastbound I-94 ramps and Highway 27 to alleviate the issues with vehicles stacking on the exit ramp and provide other long-term traffic operations benefits to the corridor.
  • Provide a truck route option back to the Hwy 45 truck stop and commercial area through new signing.
  • Explore new signing options on Hwy 45 to address wayfinding challenges for motorists as they approach Hwy 27 and anticipate a turning movement to enter I-94.

For more details, visit the project website mndot.gov/d4/projects/i94interchange/.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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