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Project to remove stoplights in Cannon Falls gets funding

A project that would remove the only stoplights between Rochester and the metro area has been chosen for funding by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the organization announced Thursday.

The project will create a new interchange at the intersection of Highway 52 at Goodhue County Highway 24 in Cannon Falls and remove the two traffic signals there.

The $27 million project will reduce the potential for accidents, said Greg Isakson, county engineer.

Goodhue County has agreed to put $4 million toward the project, while Cannon Falls will contribute $2 million.

The rest of the funding will come from MnDOT, Isakson said, including $8.6 million from a Safety and Mobility Interchange Program grant, funded through a bond appropriation made by the legislature in 2010. There were 15 applicants for the SaM funds, and four projects, including this one, were selected.

For more on this story, see Saturday's edition of the R-E.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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