MnDOT, Goodhue County and township officials from Leon, Stanton, and Cannon Falls Townships partnered to study options for addressing safety and access concerns along Hwy 52 between Hader and the southern limits of Cannon Falls in Goodhue County. The completed study examined safety and access on Hwy 52 from the southern limits of Cannon Falls to south of the Highway 57 junction and determined a recommended location for an Hwy 52 interchange in the vicinity of County Road 1 and County Road 9. The study also included related roadway network and access management improvements within the project vicinity.
This study was the first step in the project development process. The next steps in the project development process are to secure funding, begin environmental evaluation/preliminary design, complete final design, and construction. Once project funding is secured, further refinement of alternatives will occur. This will include additional public input opportunities. The results of the current study which included detailed technical evaluation and public engagement are:
- Future interchange recommended at County Road 9
- Recommended backage road connecting County Road 14 to Cannon Falls
- Recommended use of 100th Avenue for a future north-south connection between County Road 1 and County Road 9 as needed
An access management overview for the corridor was also developed as part of the study. This includes a range of potential improvement options which support MnDOT and Goodhue County’s long-term vision to convert Hwy 52 into a freeway. Potential access management improvements include median closures, redirected driveways, and frontage/backage roads which could be implemented as needed based on safety and funding availability.