Hwy 250 — Lanesboro

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View full-size mapWe're planning a reconstruction of Hwy 250 from the Hwy 250 bridge over the Root River to Hwy 16.

We plan to remove the entire road and replace it with new materials. During that time, the City of Lanesboro will also replace sewer and water utilities. Reconstruction for this project has been delayed until 2027. Additional time will allow MnDOT to be more thorough in its preparations, including in the environmental review process in coordination with the Department of Natural Resources. This adjustment will also give businesses and community members additional time to plan for construction.

In 2023, we heard from over 110 people about their experiences with and priorities for the road. We heard suggestions to improve intersections, bike and pedestrian crossings, and sidewalks. A summary of what we heard is available in the newsfeed.

Based on this feedback, we’ve developed options for what the redesigned Hwy 250 might look like (PDF).

What we heard from the community

In early summer 2023, community members shared their feedback on these design options via an online survey, with more sharing their thoughts at an in-person public meeting on June 27, 2023 and at a public booth in the community on July 1, 2023.

Key findings:

  • In the Southern Residential area of Hwy 250, people generally favored designs which provided additional dedicated paths for pedestrians and cyclists rather than shared mixed-use paths. Three quarters of survey respondents felt that the proposed designs solve the challenges that were identified by community members earlier this year. The community primarily cited the dedicated bike and pedestrian paths being separate as the basis of their decision. Comments also shared concerns that the changes may make travel difficult for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles.
  • In the Dam to Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design and felt that it adequately solves the challenges identified earlier in the year. People cited that pedestrian and bike traffic improvements as well as crosswalks were positive changes in the design. Concerns were raised with access for oversized vehicles, as well as how the construction may impact the memorial and James A. Thompson House Bed & Breakfast.
  • In the Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design, citing improvements to roadway crossings and visibility due to added bump outs. Many shared concerns with access to parking, as well as the close proximity of bikes, pedestrians and agricultural vehicles.
  • Community members were most satisfied with the proposed designs for the Ashburn St area, commenting on improvements to sidewalks as well as curbs and gutters. Again, people shared their concerns for road access for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles. Others suggested additional roadway changes, such as reduced speed limits and signage.

Thank you to everyone who provided input through the survey. MnDOT will use these comments to continue to refine designs as it considers long-term improvements for the roadway.




View full-size mapWe're planning a reconstruction of Hwy 250 from the Hwy 250 bridge over the Root River to Hwy 16.

We plan to remove the entire road and replace it with new materials. During that time, the City of Lanesboro will also replace sewer and water utilities. Reconstruction for this project has been delayed until 2027. Additional time will allow MnDOT to be more thorough in its preparations, including in the environmental review process in coordination with the Department of Natural Resources. This adjustment will also give businesses and community members additional time to plan for construction.

In 2023, we heard from over 110 people about their experiences with and priorities for the road. We heard suggestions to improve intersections, bike and pedestrian crossings, and sidewalks. A summary of what we heard is available in the newsfeed.

Based on this feedback, we’ve developed options for what the redesigned Hwy 250 might look like (PDF).

What we heard from the community

In early summer 2023, community members shared their feedback on these design options via an online survey, with more sharing their thoughts at an in-person public meeting on June 27, 2023 and at a public booth in the community on July 1, 2023.

Key findings:

  • In the Southern Residential area of Hwy 250, people generally favored designs which provided additional dedicated paths for pedestrians and cyclists rather than shared mixed-use paths. Three quarters of survey respondents felt that the proposed designs solve the challenges that were identified by community members earlier this year. The community primarily cited the dedicated bike and pedestrian paths being separate as the basis of their decision. Comments also shared concerns that the changes may make travel difficult for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles.
  • In the Dam to Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design and felt that it adequately solves the challenges identified earlier in the year. People cited that pedestrian and bike traffic improvements as well as crosswalks were positive changes in the design. Concerns were raised with access for oversized vehicles, as well as how the construction may impact the memorial and James A. Thompson House Bed & Breakfast.
  • In the Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design, citing improvements to roadway crossings and visibility due to added bump outs. Many shared concerns with access to parking, as well as the close proximity of bikes, pedestrians and agricultural vehicles.
  • Community members were most satisfied with the proposed designs for the Ashburn St area, commenting on improvements to sidewalks as well as curbs and gutters. Again, people shared their concerns for road access for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles. Others suggested additional roadway changes, such as reduced speed limits and signage.

Thank you to everyone who provided input through the survey. MnDOT will use these comments to continue to refine designs as it considers long-term improvements for the roadway.




  • Using arts and culture to mitigate construction impacts in Lanesboro

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    Can placemaking, temporary art, community or cultural events support quality of life and help offset the negative impacts of road construction?

    MnDOT, with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is conducting a research implementation project. The goal is to answer that question and potentially offset the impacts of highway construction on downtown Lanesboro.

    Learn more about the project goals:


  • June 2023 design concepts survey results

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    What we heard from the community

    In early summer 2023, community members shared their feedback on these design options via an online survey, with more sharing their thoughts at an in-person public meeting on June 27, 2023 and at a public booth in the community on July 1, 2023.

    Key findings:

    • In the Southern Residential area of Hwy 250, people generally favored designs which provided additional dedicated paths for pedestrians and cyclists rather than shared mixed-use paths. Three quarters of survey respondents felt that the proposed designs solve the challenges that were identified by community members earlier this year. The community primarily cited the dedicated bike and pedestrian paths being separate as the basis of their decision. Comments also shared concerns that the changes may make travel difficult for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles.
    • In the Dam to Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design and felt that it adequately solves the challenges identified earlier in the year. People cited that pedestrian and bike traffic improvements as well as crosswalks were positive changes in the design. Concerns were raised with access for oversized vehicles, as well as how the construction may impact the memorial and James A. Thompson House Bed & Breakfast.
    • In the Downtown area, most people were satisfied with the proposed design, citing improvements to roadway crossings and visibility due to added bump outs. Many shared concerns with access to parking, as well as the close proximity of bikes, pedestrians and agricultural vehicles.
    • Community members were most satisfied with the proposed designs for the Ashburn St area, commenting on improvements to sidewalks as well as curbs and gutters. Again, people shared their concerns for road access for larger trucks and agricultural vehicles. Others suggested additional roadway changes, such as reduced speed limits and signage.

    Thank you to everyone who provided input through the survey. MnDOT will use these comments to continue to refine designs as it considers long-term improvements for the roadway.

  • Review the design concepts, June 2023

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    In 2023, we heard from over 110 people about their experiences with and priorities for the road. We heard suggestions to improve intersections, bike and pedestrian crossings, and sidewalks. Click here to see a recap of the community’s input.

    Based on this feedback, we’ve developed options for what the redesigned Hwy 250 might look like. You can view them here.

    In early summer 2023, community members shared their feedback on these design options via an online survey, with more sharing their thoughts at an in-person public meeting on June 27 and at a public booth on July 1.


  • April 2023 community feedback results

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    MnDOT is collaborating with the City of Lanesboro on the design of Hwy 250. The design changes for the road are being informed by community feedback.

    What we heard from the community

    In April 2023, MnDOT conducted community engagement through an online survey and comment map asking community members for input on their experiences and desired features for Hwy 250. Approximately 110 people participated in the survey and over 30 comments were pinned on the map.

    Key findings:

    • People’s experiences traveling along Hwy 250 in vehicles, bikes and as pedestrians are mixed, with areas for improvement suggested in all modes of transportation.
      • Drivers primarily cited opportunities to improve visibility, bike crossings and parking, as well as adding 4-way stops.
      • Pedestrians most often recommended wider and extended sidewalks, improved curbs/ramps, and improved pedestrian crossings as potential changes.
      • Bike lanes were the most commonly suggested feature to improve experiences for bikers.
    • Community members recommended a number of potential features to improve the road. Survey respondents noted opportunities for adding crosswalks, signage and stop signs, as well as streetscape improvements like trees, lighting and flowers.

    Thank you to everyone who provided input through the survey. MnDOT will use these comments to develop concepts as it considers long-term improvements for the roadway.

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