The Hwy 13 corridor in Savage and Burnsville has been studied several times during the past two decades. The demands on Hwy 13 are due to its function as the primary east-west connection between Hwy 169 and I-35W south on the Minnesota River. In addition, efficient freight access from Hwy 13 to the Ports of Savage and local industrial companies serving the Twin Cities metro area is critical for statewide economic success. The corridor also functions as the gateway to both the cities of Savage and Burnsville.
For the past two years, MnDOT engaged with people who live near, work along and regularly use Hwy 13 between Savage and Burnsville to collect feedback on improvements to the corridor. Our goals were to better understand the needs and opportunities of the corridor, develop new alternatives for Hwy 13 and reach consensus on a long-term vision for improvements. Through our engagement, we learned that the following improvements are needed:
- Better traffic flow and drive time
- Less congestion and fewer traffic delays
- Improved sidewalks, trails and pedestrian crossings
- Better access to/from local streets/frontage roads and Hwy 13
- Better truck access to the Ports of Savage especially in the Dakota Ave. intersection
We have completed the study and identified a range of alternatives for the corridor. The first step of implementation is the interchange construction at the intersection of Dakota Ave. and Hwy 13. This project has a complete design and is scheduled to begin construction in spring 2022. Along with our local partners, we are actively pursuing funding for the alternatives identified throughout the remainder of the corridor to help make the vision for Hwy 13 a reality.