MnDOT, in cooperation with Dakota County, Scott County, the City of Burnsville and the City of Savage, conducted a Hwy 13 corridor study in 2013 to provide updated guidance for transportation improvements along Hwy 13 through Savage and western Burnsville. This study identified investment needs and demonstrated how they would:
- Address system performance on Hwy 13
- Improve the safety of the corridor for motorists and pedestrians
- Support local economic and community development along Hwy 13
Highway 13 is a critical east-west transportation corridor in northern Dakota and Scott Counties connecting Hwy 77, I-35W, and Hwy 169, as well as two major river crossings, namely the Hwy 169/Bloomington Ferry Bridge. The corridor serves local residents, businesses, and transit, and is an interregional commerce route carrying high volumes of freight traffic between I-35W and Hwy 169.
Work programmed, underway or completed along the study corridor includes:
- Hwy 13/Hwy 101 interchange in Savage: Grade separated bridge improvements allow for continuous east- and west-bound movements, road widening and local roadway access to Hwy 13 was either eliminated or modified to include right-in/right-out access
- Hwy 13/Quentin Avenue improvements in Savage: Traffic signal relocation from Lynn Ave. to Quentin Ave; closure of four local roadway access points and construction of right-in/right-out access at Lynn and Princeton Avenues; and construction of a north frontage road connecting to Lynn Ave.
- Hwy 13/County Hwy 5 interchange in Burnsville: an overpass developed at this intersection to include reconstruction of frontage roads, full access in all directions, acceleration and deceleration lanes, signal timing optimization, noise walls, and sidewalks and trails. The Hwy 13/Hwy 5 interchange was the number one priority identified in the 2000 corridor study. This project was led by Dakota County.
Corridor projects waiting funding include:
- Hwy 13/Dakota Avenue in Savage: Installation of a traffic signal and frontage road construction to provide a continuous east-west route for local traffic and port access.
- Hwy 13/Chowen Avenue/Glenhurst Avenue improvements in Savage: Traffic signal installation at Chowen Avenue and frontage road construction to provide a continuous, east-west alternative for local traffic and port access.
- Link Hwy 13 and County Hwy 16 in Savage: Construct a three-lane street roadway link to the south from a reconstructed Chowen/Highway 13 intersection southwesterly toward Savage and intersect Lynn Avenue near 128th Street. It is then proposed to run in a southerly direction to intersect County Highway 16 along the Lynn Avenue alignment. A new grade separated crossing (underpass) of the Canadian Pacific railroad alignment is proposed just north of the roadway link’s intersection with County Highway 16.
- County Hwy 5 Extension in Burnsville: New alignment linking Highway 13/County Highway 5 interchange with the Interstate-35W/Cliff Road interchange; this extension would be the main access roadway into and through the future Minnesota River Quadrant (MRQ) redevelopment area.