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Hwy. 14/61-Gilmore Ave. intersection to change (09/05/2012)
By Sarah Squires

The Winona intersection of Highway 14/61 with Gilmore Avenue, called a “high crash intersection” by Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) officials, is scheduled for change. The fix has been narrowed by Mn/DOT to three alternative designs.

The public will have the chance to weigh in on the proposed intersection changes at a meeting set for September 11 at Winona City Hall from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. A short presentation will be given at 5 p.m.

Work on the $2 million project is expected to begin sometime in 2015, said Kristin Kammueller, Mn/DOT spokesperson. Of the three construction alternatives, Kammueller said each has its drawbacks. “There are positives and negatives to all options,” she said. “That’s quite a business area over there, not to mention the neighborhoods. Whatever we end up doing is going to have an impact on those people.”

These are the options:

Option 2B

Option Baseline 2B reconfigures the intersection so that Gilmore Ave. traffic cannot cross Highway 14/61 along the same route as it does presently. Traffic headed north will not be able to turn right onto Gilmore at the major intersection, and the little passthrough that leads to Maceman and west Service Drive will be closed. Northbound Gilmore Avenue traffic will be routed to the Taco Bell crossing for access to the west end of Gilmore.

Minimum build option

The minimum build option doesn’t change the alignment of the intersection but adds a right turn lane for southbound Highway 14/61 traffic at the HyVee entrance (mid-parking lot entrance) and a turn lane onto northbound Highway 14/61 at the intersection near Taco Bell. Access from Service Drive at W. King to Highway 14/61 will close.

Modified 7B option

The modified 7B option includes the most changes, and is pictured here. An entirely new intersection will be created. The Taco Bell cut will be closed, as will the Maceman cut. Southbound Highway 14/61 traffic will not have access to east Gilmore Ave., but will be routed onto Gilmore at the new intersection. The entrance to the HyVee parking lot near Culvers will be closed, as will the W. King/Service Rd. entrance onto Highway 14/61.

Yellow indicates traffic flow, red is barriers, and blue indicates new shoulders.

All three options can be viewed at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy61winona/index.html.



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