Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 11 Corridor Assessment

Greenbush to Roosevelt, Roseau County

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Warroad

Area 7: City of Warroad

Limits: Hwy 11 from 530th Street to 570th Street
Primary Improvement: Consolidate access
Number of Alternatives: 4
Problem Alternative is Addressing: High concentration of access and skewed intersections.

Option A: Convert Hwy 11 to three-lane section and construct backage road west of 560th Avenue

Description: Expand TH 11 to a three-lane section between 550th and 570th Avenues
- Realign intersections with 560th Avenue and 350th Street
- Consolidate access via backage road and driveway
Estimated Construction Costs: $2,300,000-$2,500,000
Right of Way Needs: Right of way from seven parcels.
Environmental Concerns: Potential for state-listed rare features near the project area.
Risks: Cost of right of way acquisition.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Consolidate access
- Three-lane roadway would reduce conflicts between through and turning vehicles
- Realign intersection to 90 degree angles

Option B: Convert Hwy 11 to a three-lane section and construct frontage road west of 560th Avenue

Description: Expand TH 11 to a three-lane section between 550th and 570th Avenues
- Realign intersections with 560th Avenue and 350th Street
- Consolidate access via frontage road and driveways
Estimated Construction Costs: $2,300,000-$2,500,000
Right of Way Needs: Right of way from five parcels.
Environmental Concerns: Potential for state-listed rare features near the project area.
Risks: Cost of right of way acquisition.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Consolidate access
- Three-lane roadway would reduce conflicts
- Realign intersection to 90 degree angles

Option C: Reconstruct Hwy 11 on new alignment between 530th Avenue and east of 570th Avenue

Description: New roadway alignment between 530th and 570th Avenues, following an abandoned railroad bed
- Westbound passing lane for 1.5 miles, eastbound passing lane for 1.5 miles
- Current Hwy 11 would remain for property access
Estimated Construction Costs: $8,500,000-$9,500,000
Right of Way Needs: 4.5 miles of former railroad right of way from the Roseau County Trailblazers. Additional right of way needed from up to 28 parcels.
Environmental Concerns: Potential for state-listed rare features near the project area, relocate ATV/snowmobile trail.
Risks: Cost of right of way, impact to ATV/ snowmobile trail, Highway 11 turnback, business impacts.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Reduced access points
- Passing lanes

Option D: Super-two roadway with westbound passing lane between 530th and 550th Avenues

Description: Expand Hwy 11 to a super-two roadway between 530th and 550th Avenues
- Westbound passing lane for 1.5 miles
- Westbound left turn lane between 549th Avenue and a driveway west of 544th Avenue
- Eastbound and westbound left and right turn lanes at 550th Avenue
Estimated Construction Costs: $1,500,000-$2,000,000
Right of Way Needs: None.
Environmental Concerns: Potential wetland impacts south of Hwy 11 near 544th Avenue.
Risks: Turn lanes in addition to passing lanes may be confusing for motorists.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Passing lanes
- Turn lanes

Concept layouts

Area 7, Option A (PDF)
Area 7, Option B (PDF)
Area 7, Option C (PDF)
Area 7, Option D (PDF)

Area 8: City of Warroad

Limits: Hwy 11 between 580th Avenue/Cty Rd 35 and Hwy 313
Primary Improvement: Construct frontage roads north and south of Hwy 11
Number of Alternatives: 1
Problem Alternative is Addressing: This is a preventative alternative to limit access onto Hwy 11 as development occurs west of Hwy 313. Limiting access to Hwy 11 will preserve the safety and traffic operations of this segment as development occurs.

Option A: Frontage roads north and south of Hwy 11

Description:
- Frontage road north of Hwy 11, linking Hwy 313 to a new intersection located midway between Cty Rd 35 and Emily Avenue NW
- Frontage road south of Hwy 11 linking Cty Rd 35 with Cherne Drive NW
- New north-south road linking south frontage road with north frontage road at Hwy 11
- Left and right turn lanes at new intersection with Hwy 11
- East and westbound left and right turn lanes at Cty Rd 35 and Emily Avenue NW
Estimated Construction Costs: $1,400,000-$1,600,000
Right of Way Needs: Right of way acquisition would not be required for improvements to Hwy 11. Right of way would be required from seven parcels in order to construct the frontage road. It is expected that the City of Warroad would seek right of way dedication as these parcels are developed.
Environmental Concerns:Potential for state-listed rare features near the project area, potential for wetland impacts north and south of Hwy 11 near Cty Rd 35.
Risks: Cost of right of way acquisition.
Benefits: Proactively addresses the safety and traffic operations problems that can occur if an area is developed without access management.

Concept layouts

Area 8, Option A (PDF)

Area 9: City of Warroad

Limits: Cty Rd 74/Lake Street NE to Seven Clans Casino entrance
Primary Improvement: Convert existing two-lane section to a three-lane section
Number of Alternatives: 2
Problem Alternative is Addressing: Future mobility, access management, sidewalk and ADA conditions.

Option A: Three-lane section with sidewalk and no parking

Description: Convert Hwy 11 to a three-lane section between Cty Rd 74 and Seven Clans Casino
- Rural section south of Garfield Street SW would have 8 foot shoulder
- Urban section between Cty Rd 74 and Garfield Street would have six foot shoulders and five foot sidewalks
- Southbound left and northbound right turn lanes at Cty Rd 74
- Option for roundabout at Cty Rd 5
- Option to widen bridge during 2024 rehab
Estimated Construction Costs: $3,000,000-$4,000,000
Right of Way Needs: At this time, it does not appear that any right of way is needed. Boulevard and lane widths could be reduced in spots.
Environmental Concerns: State-listed rare features in and near the Warroad River, contamination at gas station.
Risks: Contamination, cost associated with maintenance of the sidewalk. Species impacts are anticipated to be a low risk.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Center turn lanes reduce turning conflicts and improve traffic operations
- Continuous sidewalk

Option B: Three-lane with sidewalk and parking on one side

Description: Convert Hwy 11 to three-lane section between Cty Rd 74 and Seven Clans Casino
- Rural section south of Garfield Street SW would have 8 foot shoulder
- Urban section between Cty Rd 74 and Garfield Street would have one 10 foot parking lane, one four foot shoulder and five foot sidewalks
- Southbound left and northbound right turn lanes at Cty Rd 74
- Option for roundabout at Cty Rd 5
- Option to widen bridge during 2024 rehab
Estimated Construction Costs: $3,000,000-$4,000,000
Right of Way Needs: At this time, it does not appear that any right of way is needed. Boulevard and lane widths could be reduced in spots.
Environmental Concerns: State-listed rare features in and near the Warroad River, contamination at gas station.
Risks: Contamination, cost associated with maintenance of the sidewalk. Species impacts are anticipated to be a low risk.
Benefits: Safety and mobility improvements:
- Center turn lanes reduce turning conflicts and improve traffic operations
- Continuous sidewalk
- Preserves parking on one side

Concept layouts

Area 9, Option A (PDF)
Area 9, Option B (PDF)