Wykoff residents attending a public open house Monday, April 15, at the community center learned about the upcoming pedestrian facility improvement project by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which had representatives available for questions about the project.

This is a statewide project geared toward developing and improving Minnesota's pedestrian facilities. The project will meet the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

MnDOT is resurfacing Highway 80 this year, but the project will also include sidewalks throughout the entire downtown area.

The proposed construction project this summer will include:

• Removal of curb and gutter, sidewalk and pavement.

• Installation of new, ADA-compliant curbs and gutters, storm water grates, sidewalks and truncated domes.

Timothy Hruska, an MnDOT representative, stressed the project comes at no cost to the city or property owners. Nor will it affect the alignment of the sidewalks.

The construction will begin presumably in late summer after the Highway 16 detour through Wykoff has ended. Once this project is completed the Highway 80 construction will begin; this is anticipated for early fall.