The study was conducted November 2009 through February 2011.
The final study report is available here:
- Detroit Lakes Study Final Report (PDF 25.9 mb)
In recent years, Mn/DOT, Becker County and the city of Detroit Lakes have made significant investments in the transportation system infrastructure in the Detroit Lakes area. To protect these investments, the three agencies partnered to study the area west of Highway 59. The study partners recognize that new commercial development, a potential expansion of the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport, and ongoing city annexation for future development may affect how the current transportation systems function. The study partners hired HR Green Company to assist them in preparing a plan to evaluate existing and future transportation conditions and identify improvements to address any deficiencies.
Key study subareas included the following:
- Access management planning on Highway 10 and Highway 59, including recommended improvements for service roads and recommended reductions in direct highway access;
- Recommendations for the future of Airport Road;
- Traffic operations and improvements to the intersection of Highway 59 and Willow Street, Highway 59 and County Highway 22 (Country Club intersection), and Highway 34 and Washington Avenue
The HR Green Company was hired to facilitate the partnership study. Key study components include:
- Year 2035 traffic forecasts
- Roadway system analysis and needs assessment, particularly in the key study subareas
- Multimodal needs assessment (bicycles and pedestrians, transit)
- Public involvement
- Implementation planning, including short-, medium- and long-range priorities
- Study report
Study area illustration (PDF 5,410 kb)
The study concluded in February 2011 and a final report and recommendations will be available in April 2011 and posted on this Web site.