The Trunk Highway (TH) 60 is a major arterial that passes through Windom, a southern Minnesota town of approximately 4,500 people. The Windom corridor, and its surrounding network, plays a critical role in maintaining the city's vitality and economic viability. However, improvements needed to be made to enhance the community's access, livability, safety, and regional connectivity.
Our team identified corridor issues, developed and analyzed alternatives, and created an implementation plan to help the community improve one of its most essential corridors. The reconstruction of this three-mile corridor improved safety, improved access, evaluated all modes of transportation while maintaining Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, improved aesthetics, defined the purpose and need, and maintained the long-term goals of the City. The project also included public and agency involvement, data collection, analysis of existing and future conditions, issues indentification, traffic and safety analyses, and corridor alternatives development analysis.
The TH 60 Corridor Study accommodated all modes of transportation, encouraged pedestrian and bicycle movements, and sustained support of the community. The study, completed in partnership with the City of Windom and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) District 7, helps shape a future reconstruction project through Windom and creates a long-term vision for Highway 60 which will support and sustain existing businesses as well as promote future economic development. This study received an honor award at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN).