MnDOT to share Hwy 22 Victory Drive Memorial proposal at March 21 open house
MANKATO, Minn. – After several months of seeking public input, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has come up with a proposal for the Highway 22 Victory Drive Memorial to share with the public. It will first be presented at the Highway 22 construction open house on Tuesday, March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mapleton Fire Hall. The community of Mapleton has been instrumental in the Victory Drive Memorial since it began in the 1940s.
Many of the trees lining the corridor that were planted as a memorial to area veterans and need to be removed during highway construction, which is expected to begin in late March. MnDOT has been reaching out to the public, historians and veterans to come up with a plan to reestablish the memorial. Interests have varied from “leave all the trees alone” to “take all the trees down” with various perspectives between.
No one clear concept had consensus, but there were pieces of each concept that had strong support that were carried forward into the preferred plan design. The proposed preferred plan incorporates five different design styles along the route meant to provide a series of experiences that fit appropriately with the surrounding landscape. The design styles range from sections of denser plantings to contrasting open vistas. Some areas shown with intentional patterns that play off of the original planting designs and then there are areas where trial sections of pollinator friendly native flowers and grasses will be incorporated.
If the public is unable to attend the open house, they can go online www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy22mapleton/victorydrive.html to view the proposed plans, which will be posted on or before March 21.
MnDOT is looking for opportunities to get input on the proposal and anyone with an interest can contact Project Manager Robert Jones at 507-304-6198.
The landscape plans will be reviewed again in the field after the construction contractor has removed the trees. The proposed concept is in draft form and will continue to be refined through public input, field reviews after the trees have been removed and contact with landowners.
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