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Thursday, July 25, 2024

City council votes ‘no’ to MnDOT 3-lane proposal

In a world full of surprises, this one should rate a “1” on a scale of 1-10.

At last week’s Windom City Council meeting, the council spoke unanimously in favor of returning Highway 60-71 to four lanes — all the way through town. However, when it came time to vote on a resolution regarding the highway’s future, the vote came in 4-1.

That’s because the resolution was split into three pieces:

• Opposing switching Windom’s existing four-lane to a three-lane.
• Removing the temporary trial three-lane striping on the city’s south side and returning to a four-lane.
• Splitting the cost of installing new stoplights with Mn-DOT, 50-50. That’s $177,000 for the city and $177,000 for MnDOT.

Councilman Dennis Esplan, who cast the lone dissenting vote, opposed the stoplight piece of the resolution.

“I have counted traffic several times at the 10th Street intersection,” Esplan told the council. “I came up with either 10 or 20 to one, on the highway vs. 10th Street.”

He added that he could live with 20%, but no more.

For more details on this story, please see the June 26 edition of the Citizen.

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