Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 56 reconstruction



When planning this project, MnDOT engaged the community to get their input. Community members shared their concerns about safety on this stretch of Hwy 56 – particularly with vehicles going faster than the speed limit. Because of this community input and data analyzed by MnDOT, this project will reconfigure the Mower Co. Rd 12, Hwy 56 and Main St E intersection to make it safer without impeding traffic flow.

As a part of the planning process, MnDOT has identified several trees along Hwy 56 that will need to be removed. Because many trees are planted right next to the road, they will likely not survive construction. Many of these trees are located on MnDOT property. If any trees that need to be removed are located on private property, MnDOT will notify property owners and provide funds to replace them. Tree clearing work will begin in fall 2023. Tree clearing is done from November through March to protect the endangered long-eared bats that nest in southeastern Minnesota.

A map of which trees were removed is available for review. Please note, trees marked with a red or green x will be removed.

The original project schedule was changed to allow MnDOT to absorb the increased cost of the project due to inflation, get necessary land access, and allow more time to collaborate with the city on the street design and other project elements.