Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 36 / Hilton Trail

Pine Springs, Lake Elmo, Grant

Orange barrels on a highway

About this project

This project will replace the existing at-grade signalized intersection at Hwy 36 and Hilton Trail with a grade-separated diamond interchange. The north frontage road (60th Street) will be extended over the Gateway Trail. The Hwy 36/Demontreville Trail intersection will be converted to a ¾ intersection and a reduced conflict intersection—which is also known as a J-turn—will be constructed just east of the intersection. The median crossing at the Highlands Trail intersection will be closed. When complete, allowable movements will include right turns from eastbound Hwy 36 to Highlands Trail and right turns from Highlands Trail to eastbound Hwy 36. Shoreline protection will be established on the south end of Long Lake adjacent to westbound Hwy 36. The vision for Hwy 36 is to improve safety and traffic flow while reducing the amount of through traffic that may be cutting through residential areas.

Read more about reduced-conflict intersections and view a video demonstration on how to use them.



This project is the result of a corridor study that established a long-term plan for traffic improvements on Hwy 36 east of I-694. Washington County and communities surrounding the corridor participated in the study. Planned improvements will enhance traffic flow and safety on Hwy 36, Hilton Trail, Highlands Trail and Demontreville Trail.