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Sep 28

Press Release: Broadway Street (CSAH 75) Road Closure Notice - Aug. 24, 2023

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on September 28, 2023 at 11:11 AM by Haley Foster

Broadway Street (CSAH 75) Road Closure Notice

Monticello, MN – Meyer Contracting, Inc. has started work on the City of Monticello’s Downtown Roadway and Pedestrian Improvement project. Starting August 28, Broadway Street from Pine Street (TH 25) to Elm Street will be closed to through traffic. A detour route following Elm Street to 7th Street to Pine Street (TH 25) will be posted. Access to all businesses and residential properties will be maintained.

Starting September 5, a temporary signal at 4th Street and Pine Street (TH 25) will be operational and the posted detour will switch to follow Elm Street to 4th Street to Pine Street (TH 25). 

The maps below show the posted detour route and business access routes for both periods of time. 

The detour is anticipated to last until late October, but timelines are subject to change during the project. 

The City of Monticello will be posting updates for the project on our website and in our Downtown e-newsletter. You can also sign up for email and text message notifications for upcoming detours, road closures and more via our City Alerts program.

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Sep 28

Press Release: City of Monticello Moving Forward with Downtown Improvements - May 23, 2023

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on September 28, 2023 at 11:10 AM by Haley Foster

DATE:             May 23, 2023
                         For Immediate Release

CONTACT:      Haley Foster
                          (763) 271-3202 | Haley.Foster@ci.monticello.mn.us

City of Monticello Moving Forward with Downtown Improvements

In 2017 the City of Monticello adopted the Downtown Small Area Plan, declaring our dedication to the downtown, its growth and its improvement.

Downtown is the birthplace and the heart of the city. The area includes premiere parks, restaurants, shops, and the character of historical Monticello. It's home to many of the area's favorite community celebrations and a colorful community art scene.

On Monday, August 7, 2023 City Council held a special meeting to accept bids for the construction of our Downtown Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements Project. The bid was awarded to Meyer Contracting Inc. The planned improvements of this project were approved at the City Council meeting on Monday, June 26, 2023. For a comprehensive list of improvements, you can view our agenda item from the meeting on our website.

This project will include improvements to Walnut Street between Broadway and River Street; River Street between Walnut Street and Pine Street and Broadway, between Pine Street and Walnut Street. The project will include connecting Walnut Street to River Street, roadway sidewalk and utility improvements, as well as improved signage, lighting, and landscaping. The improvements will make a more pleasant and safe environment for everyone who uses the area.

With a substantial private redevelopment project occurring on one of the most prominent downtown blocks, the City initiated complementary public improvements on adjacent roadways as envisioned in the Monticello 2040 Vision + Plan, the corresponding Downtown Small Area Plan, and the Walnut Street Corridor Plan. In addition, in 2022 the project scope expanded to include Wright County’s planned Pavement Preservation Project on Broadway to ensure a unified approach to the area.  

Our goals for the project include continuing our efforts to improving the Downtown for visitors, businesses, and residents by:

  • Improving pedestrian safety and facilities
  • Completing downtown roadway connections
  • Creating public spaces and landscaping improvements near the riverfront
  • Updating current utilities to bring them up to date
  • Improved ADA access to West Bridge Park

Project Timeline

The project was awarded to Meyer Contracting, Inc. for construction. Meyer Contracting is actively working on a detailed project schedule. Additional details will be shared when available. The following is an outline of major activities based on the preliminary schedule:

  • Construction Begins – Week of August 14, 2023
  • Reclaiming of Pavement on Broadway St. west of Locust St. (Work completed with lane shifts under traffic) – August 21, 2023
  • Road Closure and Detour for Broadway St. between TH 25 and Locust St. Begins – Week of August 21 or August 28, 2023 – Anticipated Duration of Detour is 8 Weeks
  • Road Closure for River Street and Walnut Street Begins – August 21, 2023
  • Substantial Completion of Street and Utility Work – October 31, 2023
  • Landscaping, Streetscaping, Final Layer of Street Paving, and Permanent Striping to Occur in Summer 2024

The City of Monticello will be posting updates for the project on our website and in our Downtown e-newsletter. You can also sign up for email and text message notifications for upcoming detours, road closures and more via our City Alerts program.

Sep 19

City Spotlight: Back to School Project Updates

Posted to City Spotlight on September 19, 2023 at 12:32 PM by Haley Foster

Safe Routes to School Project Updates

The City of Monticello and Monticello School District were awarded a MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Safe Routes to School 2022 Infrastructure Grant. 

The grant funding was used for safety improvements near Pinewood Elementary School and along School Boulevard. Now that it’s time to head back to school, we’d like to highlight some of the changes you might see in the area.SRTS Project Back to School

  • The trail along the south side of School Boulevard was extended from Cardinal Hills to Fenning Avenue.  
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings with refuge islands have been installed at the Cardinal Hills Park crossing, Pelican Lane, and the Meadow Oak Ave and Fenning Roundabout. New RRFB’s (Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons) will be installed at these locations later this fall.  
  • There are changes to one of high school entrances with a new right-out only and a refuge island for pedestrians.  
  • The sidewalk at Eastview was widened to assist with drop-off and pick-up times.  
  • Radar feedback speed signs and additional lighting will also be installed on School Boulevard in the coming months. 
  • Sidewalk has been installed along the east side of Elm Street between 6th Street and Broadway, along 6th Street from Elm to Vine, and along 4th Street from Elm to Minnesota.  
  • A section of Elm Street sidewalk near the railroad tracks will be installed once the railroad crossing is extended for the new sidewalk.  
  • Trees and sod are anticipated to be placed in September (the next week or two) and the RRFB at the intersection of Elm and 3rd street will be installed later this fall. 

To learn more about Monticello’s Safe Route to School Plan and projects, visit: