Mora Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 — Corridor Study

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View full-size mapWe are studying the Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 corridor in Mora.

Study goals

  • Understand corridor needs
  • Identify future improvements
  • Develop an ultimate corridor vision

Your input helps us

  • Define the problem
  • Establish project goals
  • Develop alternative design concepts
  • Determine a vision for Hwy 65 and Hwy 23

What we have learned

From 351 survey responses and 76 pins placed on the interactive map, the following themes emerged.

  • Pedestrians do not feel safe walking or crossing Hwy 65 and Hwy 23
  • The top three improvements needed on Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 as identified by the survey are:
    1. More vehicle safety at intersections
    2. Smoother vehicle flow
    3. Vehicle access to/from Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 and side streets
View full-size mapWe are studying the Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 corridor in Mora.

Study goals

  • Understand corridor needs
  • Identify future improvements
  • Develop an ultimate corridor vision

Your input helps us

  • Define the problem
  • Establish project goals
  • Develop alternative design concepts
  • Determine a vision for Hwy 65 and Hwy 23

What we have learned

From 351 survey responses and 76 pins placed on the interactive map, the following themes emerged.

  • Pedestrians do not feel safe walking or crossing Hwy 65 and Hwy 23
  • The top three improvements needed on Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 as identified by the survey are:
    1. More vehicle safety at intersections
    2. Smoother vehicle flow
    3. Vehicle access to/from Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 and side streets
  • Previous Events

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    June 5, 2024- Public Meeting

    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Mora City Hall

    101 S Lake St, Mora, MN 55051  

    Click here for meeting materials


    Dec. 7, 2023- Public Meeting

    4 - 6 p.m.

    Mora City Hall

    101 S Lake St, Mora, MN 55051  

    Click here for meeting materials


    Thu, March 30, 2022- Public Meeting

    4 - 6 p.m.

    Mora City Hall

    101 S Lake St, Mora, MN 55051  

    Click here for meeting materials


  • What we heard, Dec. 7, 2023, public meeting

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    Thank you for stopping by the public information meeting we held at Mora City Hall. More than 35 people attended. We listened, discussed, and explained potential design options to improve traffic and safety along Hwy 65 and Hwy23 in Mora. Key Takeaways and results from anonymous feedback frames are listed below:

    Key themes

    • Concern for pedestrian safety.
    • Concern for business access to be maintained.
    • Intersection congestion at Hwy 65/McLean and Hwy 65/Hwy 23.
    • General support for roundabouts throughout the corridor.
    • Questions about posted speed limits.


    • Where is the most important location to add a pedestrian crossing for Hwy 23 and/or Hwy 65? Select all that apply

    Union St./Division St.

    5

    McLean St./Portage Ave.

    9

    Clark St.

    7

    Between Clark St. & Forest Ave.

    1

    Forest Ave.

    11

    Maple Ave.

    1

    • We are evaluating improvements at several intersections. Do you support a roundabout corridor?

    Strongly Disagree

    1

    Disagree

    3

    Neutral

    3

    Agree

    7

    Strongly Agree

    7

    Unsure or N/A

    2

    • We are evaluating improvements at several intersections. Do you support a signalized corridor?

    Strongly Disagree

    4

    Disagree

    2

    Neutral

    9

    Agree

    2

    Strongly Agree

    3

    Unsure or N/A

    2

    • We are looking at ways to improve access management to/from Hwy 23 and Hwy 65. Do you think an expanded and/or revised frontage and backage road system would help?

    Strongly Disagree

    1

    Disagree

    1

    Neutral

    1

    Agree

    10

    Strongly Agree

    12

    Unsure or N/A

    1

  • Corridor vision

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    We developed a set of guiding values to describe our vision for the future of Hwy 65 and Hwy 23.

    1. Develop a safe and equitable multimodal transportation system
      • Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 will be a safe, accessible, and efficient street for walkers, bikers, cars, trucks, and transit users.
    2. Provide improvements that are compatible and sustainable with the environment
      • Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 improvements will address long-term infrastructure needs and create opportunities for existing and future land development.
    3. Support local business community
      • Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 improvements will ensure fair and safe access for the business community.
  • Background

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    The Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 Corridor Study was initiated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to identify and prioritize improvements on two critical roadways within the City of Mora. These arterial roadways are critical for both the local community and greater region. A prior study of both corridors was completed in 2005, but since then the area has grown and conditions have changed. The study area includes both highways within city limits and portions of Hwy 65 to the south of city limits. Improvements have been made to both highways in recent years, but issues remain.

    The study will seek to understand the following:

    • Needs and opportunities in the corridor
    • Establish purpose and need
    • Goals and objectives
    • Develop and evaluate alternatives
    • Reach a consensus on a vision
    • Develop an implementation plan that shows improvements
    • Allows the vision to be achieved over time


    The project team will utilize the history of the corridor to bring fresh ideas and innovative approaches to the proposed vision.

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