Helping study and address increased safety concerns on a heavily traveled corridor
As the only north-south principal arterial on the west side of Scott County, Trunk Highway (TH 169) is essential to the quality of life for residents and businesses in the Sand Creek Township. The four-lane divided roadway has many non-signalized at-grade accesses and increasing safety and mobility concerns due to escalating traffic volumes. Residents had many concerns, and something needed to be done.
Because a corridor study was not on the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planning horizon, the Township asked Stantec to evaluate existing roadway conditions in terms of traffic, safety, access management, connectivity, and economic development. Our team developed a clear work plan in cooperation with the task leads, township board, and key project partners.
The resulting study provided safety analysis, traffic capacity/accommodation analysis, access management recommendations, benefit/cost ratios, alternatives ranking matrices, planning, stakeholder engagement, roadway design, and environmental documentation. Our team evaluated a variety of options, including acceleration and deceleration lanes, reduced conflict intersections, and diverging diamond intersections.
Sand Creek Township now has a clear, defensible plan—with buy-in from key stakeholders—to advance future roadway improvements.
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