Motorists and residents along Highway 22 from Mankato to Mapleton, also known as Victory Drive Memorial Highway, can expect to see workers busy staking today, April 16, and then planting in May as part of the project to replace over 600 trees that were planted to honor soldiers dating back to World War I.

No major traffic impacts for the landscaping project are anticipated, but motorists will need to drive with caution and beware of shoulder closures, equipment and workers.

Victory Drive trees were planted by the Mankato Garden Club with the help of the Mapleton American Legion and other community groups when the highway was reconstructed in 1951.  Local Mapleton residents and Maple River students have also been instrumental in replanting in past years. Many of these trees were removed because they were too close to the highway for safety, were affected by construction or were dead or dying.