Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 169 Mobility Study

Hennepin County, Scott County (Task 1: Hwy 41 to Hwy 55 portion)

Background of overall study

The Highway 169 Mobility Study is made up of two tasks. Regional transportation plans identified Highway 169 between Highway 41 and Highway 55 as an ideal corridor for transit and mobility improvements. Moreover, statewide plans and community leaders have noted the importance of the Highway 169 Corridor between Mankato and the Twin Cities as a critical link for educational institutions, businesses, and interregional freight and passenger transportation (see Hwy 169 Mobility Study - Task 2).

More about Task 1

The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate cost-effective options for improving transit and reducing congestion on Hwy 169 between Hwy 41 in Shakopee and Hwy 55 in Golden Valley. The study will focus on:

  1. Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  2. MnPASS Express Lanes
  3. Lower cost/high benefit improvements along the highway such as adding auxiliary lanes, turn lanes, modifying interchanges, and creating ways for buses to get through traffic more efficiently 
  4. Evaluating the potential for expanding bus service on Hwy 169 between Mankato and the Twin Cities Metro area

The results of the study will be used to determine whether to advance recommended improvements into the project environmental/pre-design process, to add specific improvements to projects that are already programmed, or to get improvements ready should additional funding become available.

Your feedback is needed!

Please provide your input about mobility and transit options on Hwy 169 through an online survey. All participants who complete the survey will have a chance to win one of two $25 VISA gift cards!


  • Communities along the study area
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Hennepin County
  • Highway 169 Corridor Coalition
  • Metro Transit
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • MnDOT
  • Scott County
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • SouthWest Transit