MnDOT takes a closer look at congested and crash-prone freeway legs. 252, I-94


The construction season is drawing to a close for this year, but plans for future road construction and transit projects continue.

This week, we’ll learn a bit more about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plan to modernize the highway. 252 via Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park and Interstate 94 in northern Minneapolis as the agency launches a series of virtual and in-person meetings.

The MnDOT, in collaboration with local and federal project partners, is currently studying proposals to reduce congestion, improve safety and improve the reliability of the highway. 252 between the highway. 610 in Brooklyn Park and Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center, and on I-94 from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Both roads are also deteriorating and need to be repaired, the MnDOT said.

As part of a possible reconstruction of the motorway. 252 and by adding an EZ Pass lane on I-94, MnDOT is preparing a multi-year environmental impact statement that describes the effects a construction project could have on the social, historical and natural environment. The study will also examine the impact the project could have on people, plants, animals, water, air, buildings and other structures.

Both highways. 252 and I-94 experience several hours of congestion, reduced vehicle speeds, increased delays, and poor reliability of travel time for much of the day. Both also exceed the state’s critical accident rate. Between 2016 and 2019, there were 1,512 accidents – an average of 378 accidents per year – on the motorway. 252 and 914 accidents with an average of 229 accidents per year on I-94, according to MnDOT data.

Online meetings focused on the Minneapolis portion of the project will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; in Brooklyn Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and in Brooklyn Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 12. An in-person open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 14 at Monroe Elementary School’s gymnasium, 901 Brookdale Drive in Brooklyn Park.

Redefining the highway. 169

In Elk River, MnDOT will hold a live open house on October 11 at City Hall to present its project “Redefining Highway 169” and the impact it will have on traffic when construction begins in the spring. next.

The agency will close the 197th Avenue bridge over the freeway. 169 and build a new partial access interchange. The crews will also tackle the highway. 10/169/101 interchange and rebuild a bridge over the highway. 10. The works are part of the MnDOT plan to modernize the motorway. 169 where it separates from the highway. 10 at Elk River on a freeway.

Update line E

Faster transit is planned for Route 6 from the Southdale Center to Edina through the Uptown district of Minneapolis, downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. Metro Transit has released a draft corridor plan for Line E, the next in the agency’s growing network of rapid bus lines

Line E will stop at some 34 locations along the route, primarily on Avenue France, Avenue Hennepin, 4th Street and Avenue University. The plan will be used to finalize the layout and design of the location of stations and platforms.

Metro Transit will accept comments and feedback at metrotransit.org/e-line-project, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 612-373-3333 until October 30.

Metro Transit hopes to submit a final plan to the Metropolitan Council for approval in spring 2022. Line E is expected to be built from 2024.

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