The study identified future safety and access needs along ten miles of Hwy 10 between 15th Ave. SE in St. Cloud and Hwy 24 in Clear Lake, Sherburne County.
The study was completed in April 2023. It analyzed the corridor’s current and future demographics, land use/development, maintenance operations, road and drainage conditions and safety data. Public feedback received during the study supported the recommended improvements.
MnDOT thanks you for your participation in making this corridor study a success.
Results and recommendations
What we heard
The online survey for public feedback on the six concepts closed Jan. 12, 2023. There were 223 survey responses and here is what we heard:
95% said they had enough information to participate
9% would like to have seen more intersection detail
17% preferred the low-cost options
29% preferred the medium-cost options
54% preferred the high-cost options
Low and high-cost options
Two options are being recommended to address safety and mobility under different funding scenarios:
1. One low-cost
2. One high-cost
Why just these two?
A low-cost option allows MnDOT to address the issues with limited resources. A high-cost option positions MnDOT to be ready if funding becomes available to maximize improvements. A medium-cost option is not recommended because it had similar benefits to the low-cost option with significantly higher costs and impacts.
Why were the low and medium-cost options blended?
The concepts were modified to incorporate feedback from the public and the project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
We took specific intersection feedback to create a combination that benefits heavy truck traffic and local trips. This included a recommendation from the TAC to create a J-turn at 12th St. and 60th St./Co. Rd. 60.
In general, J-turns were placed at intersections that would benefit local trips because they make it faster to cut across Hwy 10 and make U-turns. Acceleration lanes were used at intersections that see heavy truck traffic.
Addresses safety and mobility under a low-cost funding scenario
The low-cost option allows MnDOT to address the issues with limited resources.
Map of recommended low-cost options: Select image to enlarge.
New roadway: frontage roads for local access along Hwy 10
Left onto Hwy 10: drivers on side streets can only turn left onto Hwy 10. No left turns off Hwy 10. Side streets cannot drive directly across Hwy 10. Turning right onto and off Hwy 10 is allowed
3/4 intersection: right-in/right-out/left-in only access. No eastbound to westbound U-turn.
Acceleration lane: Drivers, especially commercial trucks, can increase speed and safely merge onto Hwy 10
Reduced conflict intersection: Also known as J-turn, drivers always make a right turn, followed by a U-turn
3/4 intersection (no eastbound to westbound U-turn)
Lincoln Ave./Co. Rd. 63
Minnesota Blvd/Hwy 301
AMCON Concrete Products Access
Knife River access
Travel Information Center Entrance
Travel Information Center Exit
Left onto Hwy 10 with acceleration lane
32nd St./Co. Rd. 3
Left onto Hwy 10 with acceleration lane
Between Co. Rd. 65 and Co. Rd 3
42nd St./Co. Rd. 65
45th Ave./Co. Rd. 7
J-turn (Led by Sherburne County)
47th St./Co. Rd. 61
60th St./Co. Rd. 60
Left-turn onto Hwy 10 with acceleration lane
3rd Ave. W
1st Ave. W
Hwy 24 in Clear Lake
Addresses safety and mobility under a high-cost funding scenario
Hwy 10 freeway conversion alternative
This option positions MnDOT to be ready if funding becomes available to maximize improvements. Potential standalone projects are also possible.
Map of recommended high-cost options: Select image enlarge
Table of map information:
Estimated cost (2023)
Folded diamond interchange near 15th Ave. SE and frontage roads along the corridor
Westbound access only and tight diamond interchange and frontage roads along the corridor
Overpass in New Haven
Tight diamond interchange in Clear Lake
Updated April 5, 2022
Feedback survey on concept options held online Nov. 9, 2022 to Jan. 12, 2023.
Sherburne County hosted an open house at the Haven Town Hall on May 25, 2022
Public pop-up event held at the St. Cloud Travel Information Center on April 28, 2022
Public open house held at the Haven Town Hall on April 28, 2022
If funding becomes available, MnDOT would start preliminary engineering and an environmental analysis to see what could be constructed within the corridor and at what level. Current program funding has not yet been identified for this project.