Roundabout on US-61 in Hugo wins county approval

Plans for a roundabout on US-61 and CR-4 in Hugo will require cooperation between the Washington County Regional Rail Authority, the county and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Washington County Board, sitting as the regional rail authority Aug. 7, approved an agreement that will allow for work on the project. The regional rail authority also adopted a resolution granting an easement to Washington County for the project. Later in its meeting, the board approved the agreement. In 2013, MnDOT plans to construct a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of US-61 and CR-4, along with widening on all four approaches. Based on the layout of the roundabout, a portion of the WCRRA property is affected. Since the WCRRA property is intended for future transit opportunities, a memorandum of understanding between MnDOT, Washington County and the WCRRA will address the planning, engineering roles and responsibilities for the WCRRA property and public roadways, and intersection design. MnDOT will need jurisdiction over a portion of the property to complete the construction and maintenance of the roundabout. The county will acquire a highway easement over the WCRRA property, which will give MnDOT the ability to construct and maintain the roundabout.