By Chad Koenen
A virtual meting on the upcoming Highway 108 project through downtown Henning is set for Wednesday night.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday night as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Henning will highlight the project plan, as well as last year’s project demonstration. The meeting will be held online, as well as at the community center.
As part of the project, which includes Douglas Ave./Highway 108 in downtown Henning, the city will be replacing underground utilities, making sidewalk improvements, bicycle and pedestrian ADA accessibility upgrades and possibly realigning Balmoral Ave.
Last September, MnDOT conducted a small-scale demonstration of some of the proposed design features for the 2024 reconstruction project. An online survey was conducted following the demonstration. Some of the proposed ideas as part of the project included: temporary striping and delineators between Second Street and Front Street to show proposed width/more narrow driving lanes and parking lane; a mid-block bump out for pedestrian crossing in front of B&D Foods and Gateway Pub; a pedestrian bump out at each end of town at Marshall Avenue/Fourth Street and near the city park.
Among the project impacts identified by MnDOT was the potential for additional right of way for construction; construction impacts like detours, closures and delays; environment impacts like removing some trees and business impacts. The project is schedule to be completed in the summer of 2024.
The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a time for questions to follow the presentation. People can also attend the meeting in person at the Henning Community Center.
A link to the virtual program can be found on the MnDOT website at www.dot.state.mn.us and by using the password: Henning. People can also join by phone toll free at (415) 655-0003. The meeting number (access code) is 187 323 1925.