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MnDOT sets Dec. 8 meeting in New London on funding improvement projects, including Highway 23 safety project

The public is invited to a MnDOT meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, to learn about the funding resources for public improvement projects, such as the Highway 23 safety improvements in New London.

Highway 23 intersection at New London
A tanker truck drives through the intersection of Minnesota Highways 23 and 9 in New London in December 2021. MnDOT continues to work on a safety improvement project for the intersection and is holding a public meeting Dec. 8 on funding resources.
Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune file photo
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NEW LONDON — People interested in learning more about the funding resources for public improvement projects, such as the upcoming Minnesota Highway 23 safety improvement project in New London, are invited to attend an educational public meeting Dec. 8.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting the meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Prairie Woods Elementary School in New London.

In addition to MnDOT District 8 staff, both state and local elected officials have been asked to attend and the public will be able to ask questions and give input.

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For those unable to attend the meeting, the presentation and additional information will be available on the project's website, dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy23newlondon . Public questions and comments can also be submitted on the site.

MnDOT has been re-evaluating the Highway 23 safety project at the intersection of Highways 23 and 9 in New London after public pushback on the previous plan to construct a J-turn. Currently, MnDOT is analyzing the possibility of either constructing a roundabout or an interchange at the intersection. An advisory group was created to help MnDOT through the process.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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