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Hwy 169 Study

Elk River to Zimmerman

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Findings of fact and conclusion

MnDOT has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required for the project, and has issued a Negative Declaration Order. The Negative Declaration concludes the Minnesota state environmental review process. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has also issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for this project, concluding the Federal environmental review process.

Environmental assessment/environmental assessment worksheet

The purpose and need of the project, alternatives considered, and anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts of the Highway 169 Project are documented in an Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW). The EA/EAW is a joint Federal/State document prepared to fulfill environmental review requirements. At the federal level, the EA/EAW is used to provide sufficient environmental documentation to determine the need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. At the state level, the EA/EAW is used to provide sufficient environmental documentation to determine the need for a state EIS or that a Negative Declaration is appropriate.

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Preferred alternatives:

Recommended alternatives (Elk River):

Elk River Highway 169/10/101 Systems Interchange, Main Street Interchange and School Street Interchange (PDF 1 MB) - This figure shows the selected alternatives at these three intersections.  The systems interchange at Highway 169/10/101 was a refined design based off of Alternative A3, which accounted for a potential safety hazard caused by the interchanges proximity to Wright County Highway 39, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, minimizing project scope and considered staged construction.  The single point interchange recommended for construction at Main Street, Alternative BC3a, was selected because it minimized impacts to local businesses and provided access to all four quadrants of the intersection.  A compressed diamond interchange was selected for the School Street interchange because it would minimize right-of-way impacts, lower construction costs and remove ramp movements from mainline traffic.

Highway 169 and 193rd/197th Avenue Interchanges (PDF 1 MB) - This figure shows the selected alternatives at these two intersections. Alternative D2 – Split Diamond Interchange with full access at Jackson/193rd Avenue was identified as the preferred alternative.  This interchange alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at 197th Avenue along with access to and from Highway 169 to and from the north. This alternative also provides a bridge over Highway 169 at Jackson/193rd Avenue along with access to and from Highway 169 in all directions. The design team and Local Advisory Committee recommended Alternative D2 as the preferred alternative since the impacts of the two alternatives considered were similar; however, Alternative D2 provides full access to Highway 169 at Jackson/193rd Avenue. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169 and 193rd/197th Avenue Interchanges Map’ link.

Highway 169 and 221st Avenue Interchange (PDF 1 MB) - The preferred alternative for the 221st Avenue/Future CR 121 Interchange includes a button-hook ramp configuration in the southwest quadrant and folded diamond ramps in the southeast quadrant. The preferred alternative will also bridge Highway 169 over 221st Avenue/Future CR 121. The design team felt this concept met the key objectives identified, including being competitive on construction cost and fitting well with the proposed local road system. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169 and 221st Avenue Interchange Map’ link.

Considered alternatives (Elk River):

Highway 169 Frontage Road System North of CSAH 33 (PDF 3 MB) - This figure was presented at the May 17, 2007 public meeting. It illustrates the approximate alignment of the future frontage road system north of CSAH 33 in Elk River, and is recommended for future study. The purpose of this frontage road system is to provide local access to properties located near Highway 169. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169 Frontage Road System - North of CSAH 33’ link.

Highway 169 and 237th/239th Avenue Over/Underpass Alternative F (PDF 440 KB) - This figure was presented at the May 17, 2007 public meeting. It illustrates one of the alternatives being considered for the over-/under-pass at Highway 169 and 237th/239th Avenue that has been recommended for further study. This alternative removes intersections along Highway 169 while allowing vehicles to pass over or under Highway 169, and it also provides a continuous roadway between 237th Avenue and 239th Avenue. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169 and 237th/239th Avenue Overpass - Alternative F’ link.

Highway 169/221st Avenue Interchange Alternative E: New Alignment Diamond Interchange (PDF 703 KB) - This figure was presented at the May 17, 2007 public meeting. It illustrates one of the alternatives being considered for the interchange at Highway 169 and 221st Avenue that has been recommended for further study. This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 as well as full access to/from Highway 169 at 221st Avenue. It also extends 221st Avenue to the east to connect to County Highway 121. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169/221st Avenue Interchange - Alternative E’ link.

Highway 169 and Jackson/193rd/197th Interchange – Alternative D - The following figures were presented at the May 17, 2007, public meeting. The figures illustrate alternatives considered for an interchange at Highway 169 and Jackson/193rd/197th Avenue.

Alternative D1: Split Diamond Interchange w/southbound Slip Ramp (PDF 734 KB) - This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at Jackson/193rd Avenue along with access to and from Highway 169, but does not accommodate southbound exits from Highway 169 to Jackson/193rd Avenue. This alternative is NOT recommended for further study.

Alternative D2: Split Diamond Interchange (PDF 716 KB) - This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at Jackson/193rd Avenue along with access to and from Highway 169 in all directions. This alternative is recommended for further study.

Highway 169 and Main/School Street Interchange – Alternative BC - The following figures were presented at the May 17, 2007 public meeting. The figures illustrate alternatives considered for improvements at Highway 169 and Main/School Street.

Alternative BC1: Main Street Interchange with School Street Overpass (PDF 800 KB) - This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at School Street, but no access to or from Highway 169 at School Street. A bridge over Highway 169 is also provided at Main Street, as is full access to Highway 169 at Main Street. This alternative is NOT recommended for further study.

Alternative BC2: Collector Distributor System (PDF 504 KB) - This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at School Street and full access in all directions. A bridge over Highway 169 is also provided at Main Street, along with access to and from Highway 169 in all directions. The southbound exit to Main Street begins at the School Street bridge. This alternative is recommended for further study.

Alternative BC3: Braided Ramp System (PDF 603 KB) - This alternative provides a bridge over Highway 169 at School Street along with access to and from Highway 169 in all directions. A bridge over Highway 169 is also provided over Highway 169 at Main Street along with access to and from Highway 169 in all directions. This alternative is recommended for further study.

Highway 10/101/169 Interchange - Alternative A - The following figures were presented at the May 17, 2007 public meeting. The figures illustrate alternatives considered for the Highway 10/101/169 Interchange.

Alternative A1: Full Regional Interchange (PDF 464 KB) - This alternative allows for high speed, free-flow movements in all directions, but has significant environmental impacts. This alternative is NOT recommended for further study.

Alternative A2: Interchange with Loops (PDF 455 KB) - This alternative requires some minor movements on lower speed loop ramps, but reduces environmental impacts. This alternative is recommended for further study.

Alternative A3: Interchange with Loops (PDF 860 KB) - This alternative requires some minor movements on lower speed loop ramps. Additionally, northbound to westbound and southbound to eastbound movements may seem less direct to drivers. Costs and environmental impacts are reduced for this alternative. This alternative is recommended for further study.

Elk River Highway 169 Issues Map (PDF 1 MB) - This figure was prepared with input from the Local Advisory Committee. It summarizes issues within and near the study area.

Recommended alternatives (Zimmerman):

Highway 169 and County Highway 25/19 Interchange (PDF 1 MB) - This figure illustrates the recommended improvements for the County Highway 25/19 interchange and associated frontage/backage roads. The interchange is based off of preliminary design Alternative D. 

Highway 169 and County Highway 4 Interchange (PDF 1 MB) - The recommended alternative for this intersection is a hybrid diamond interchange based off of preliminary design Alternative 3B.

Issues Map (PDF 1 MB) - This figure was presented at the February 1, 2007 public meetings. It summarizes issues within and near the study area.

Considered Alternatives (Zimmerman):

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 1B: Compressed Diamond - This figure was presented at the February 1, 2007 public meetings. It illustrates one of the alternatives considered for the Highway 169/County Highway 4 interchange. In this alternative, Highway 169 goes over County Highway 4 and is raised 25 feet above County Highway 4.

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 1B: Compressed Diamond: Interchange Only (PDF 1 MB)

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 1B: Compressed Diamond: Interchange and Overpass/Frontage/Backage Road System (PDF 1 MB)

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 3B: Hybrid Diamond - This figure was presented at the February 1, 2007 public meetings. It illustrates one of the alternatives considered for the Highway 169/County Highway 4 interchange. In this alternative, County Highway 4 goes over Highway 169 and is raised about 25 feet above Highway 169. To see the map, click on the ‘Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 3B: Hybrid Diamond’ links.

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 3B: Hybrid Diamond: Interchange Only (PDF 1 MB)

Highway 169/County Highway 4 Interchange - Alternative 3B: Hybrid Diamond: Interchange and Overpass/Frontage/Backage Road System (PDF 1 MB)

Highway 169/County Highway 25-19 Interchange - Alternative D: Folded Diamond with Ramps in the Northwest and Southeast Quadrants (PDF 2 MB) - This figure was presented at the February 1, 2007 public meetings. It illustrates the primary alternative considered for the Highway 169/County Highway 25-19 interchange. In this alternative, County Highway 25-19 goes over Highway 169 and is raised about 25 feet above Highway 169.

Corridor management plan

In February 1999, MnDOT began identifying key state transportation corridors and ultimately adopted the interregional corridor (IRC) system in January 2000. As part of the State Transportation Plan, the goal of the IRC system is to enhance the economic vitality of the state by providing safe, timely, and efficient movement of goods and people between and among regional trade centers. This Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Highway 101-169 between Rogers and Garrison represents a first step toward optimizing the corridor’s long-term safety and performance.

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