Public Meeting Set for Rochester’s Latest Roundabout Project
It’s happening Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at Cascade Town Hall at 2025 75th St. NE, Rochester, MN. Those in attendance will have a chance to view the project plans and provide feedback to project leaders, a MnDOT news release says.
MnDOT and Olmsted County are partnering up to build a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 63 and County Rd. 112 in rural northern Rochester. MnDOT says increased traffic and impatience from motorists along Hwy. 63 has led to a “sustained history of crashes.”
Officials say turning the intersection into a roundabout will reduce crashes and improve driver safety by regulating traffic flow. The project’s preliminary plans call for a detour to route traffic away from the roadwork.
The work is scheduled to begin in 2025. MnDOT says roundabouts provide numerous traffic safety benefits:
- Improve safety and reduce the risk of serious and fatal crashes
- A MnDOT study demonstrated roundabouts may reduce fatal and serious crashes by more than 80%
- Reduce impatient driving behavior
- Slows traffic to make entering and exiting the intersection safer and easier for all users
- Allow drivers to travel through the intersection more efficiently
- Dangerous collisions are less likely by reducing speeds and eliminating left-turn and crossing accidents
Mike Dougherty, who is the Spokesman for MnDOT's Southeast District discussed the project on a recent episode of KROC-AM's Rochester Today. You can hear his comments below.
Those who cannot attend the meeting can share their thoughts through an online survey. The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 29.