Aerial Mapping 27 Mar 14

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct aerial mapping of several locations in southwest Minnesota this spring. The mapping will create a record of existing infrastructure and landscape along, and adjacent to, MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and operations.  This work must be conducted after the snow has melted and before the trees leaf out. 

Work will begin in late March, weather permitting, in the following locations:

  • Highway  91 from Lake Wilson to Chandler 
  • Highway 67, two miles east of Highway 75
  • Highway 67, just north of Echo
  • Highway 40, just west of Willmar
  • Highway 40, just east of the west Kandiyohi County line
  • Highway 40, two miles east of Highway 277
  • Highway 71, three miles south of Highway 14  near Sandborn
  • Highway 23, from Paynesville to Richmond

MnDOT crews will paint large white “X” targets on paved surfaces and place plastic or fabric “X” targets on unpaved surfaces. A survey crew then records the coordinate position and elevation of these targets and provides that information to the aerial photography company. The targets are temporary and will be removed when the photography is completed.

Landowners selected for this survey will receive a letter from the local MnDOT office with detailed information about the targets.  MnDOT requests that landowners not remove or disturb the targets until the photography is completed. If a target must be moved, please contact MnDOT District 8 survey staff at 320/214-6372 or by email at