Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 169 Mobility Study

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

About the study

Hwy 169 Mobility Study location map
Hwy 169 Mobility Study Location Map
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View the results of the Hwy 169 survey.

The Highway 169 Mobility Study is made up of two tasks.

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.

Task 2

Task 2 will analyze bus connections and study the potential for expanded Intercity Bus Service along the Hwy 169 corridor between Mankato and the Twin Cities. Reference the Hwy 169 Mobility Study - Task 2 webpage for more info.


  • Communities along the study area
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Hennepin County
  • Highway 169 Corridor Coalition
  • Metro Transit
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • MnDOT (Metro District and District 7)
  • Scott County
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • SouthWest Transit

Survey Results

Nearly 3,500 respondents took the Hwy 169 Needs Survey! The results of the survey will help MnDOT and its partners make decisions about the future design and operations of Hwy 169.

The short survey asked respondents:

  • What is important to them when using Hwy 169
  • Why and how often are they traveling along Hwy 169
  • Whether they drive or take the bus
  • To identify where they encountered congestion

Key themes of the survey results:

  • Majority of survey respondents use Hwy 169
  • Half of the respondents said travel time is most important when using Hwy 169, followed by minimal congestion, reliability and transit availability
  • Main trip purpose is for work, followed by social/recreational events, and shopping
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents use Hwy 169 every day or at least four to six days a week and drive alone
  • Majority of respondents experience congestion along Hwy 169, with nearly 40 percent stating that the congestion was significant to extreme

Gift Card Winners

Everyone who took the survey was eligible to win one of two $25 Visa gift cards. The winners have been notified.

Look for us

The study team is developing bus rapid transit (BRT) and MnPASS alternatives. The alternatives will be evaluated and undergo detailed technical analysis. The final results of the technical analysis will be shared with the public in the fall of 2016.