About this evaluation
We are evaluating Hwy 13 between Hwy 169 in Savage and Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville for future improvements. This evaluation project will help us:
- Better understand the needs and opportunities of the corridor
- Develop new alternatives for Hwy 13
- Reach consensus on a long-term vision for improvements
The first construction focus area will be improving safety and freight access to the Ports of Savage at Dakota Ave. and Yosemite Ave.
We have been refining the design concepts to improve the Hwy 13 corridor between Hwy 169 and Nicollet Ave., including the Dakota and Yosemite Ave. intersections. We also are working to kick off the environmental review process.
Below is an overview of what we have been working on, as well as the evaluation schedule and upcoming opportunities to engage in this effort.
Dakota and Yosemite Ave. intersections
- We have been refining the potential design concepts based on the technical review and community feedback we collected last year.
- We will be sharing an updated design concept for the intersections at a public meeting in spring/summer 2021.
- We are working on the design concept for the Dakota and Yosemite Ave. intersections. This will be the first construction project in the corridor with construction anticipated to start in 2022.
- We are required by the federal government to provide a report called an Environmental Assessment that evaluates the benefits and impacts from proposed projects.
- We recently started the environmental review process for the potential design concepts at the Dakota and Yosemite avenue intersections, and throughout the Hwy 13 corridor.
- We will be sharing the results of the environmental review process during a formal public comment period in spring/summer 2021. We will host a public hearing during this time.
We have identified the following Hwy 13 corridor needs:
- Hwy 13 exceeds its traffic capacity resulting in traffic congestion and delays
- Several intersections along Hwy 13 have higher than average vehicle crashes
- Hwy 13 is not efficient or safe for trucks
- People who walk or bike cannot move freely and safely in the corridor
What we have heard from the community
Summer and fall 2020
We presented the design concepts for Hwy 13 and collected input from the community and businesses:
- Majority of people support a grade-separated option
- Mixed support for the tight diamond design
- Slowing down and speeding up would-be difficult for trucks with the buttonhook option
- The shifted Dakota overpass option would cause acceleration issues on the overpass
- Support for constructing a new frontage road with proposed design options
Quentin Ave. to Washburn Ave.
- Most people support the hybrid option with at-grade and grade-separated designs
- Issues with traffic flow, collisions and freight movement with the superstreet option
- Potential loss of access to neighborhoods and businesses with the freeway options
- Quentin Ave. and Chowen Ave. connection would need bridge improvements
- Truck access to eastbound Hwy 13 with the 4-lane freeway option – two would be difficult
- Design that helps people walk safely is important to access transit
- Support for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing
- Concerns about traffic flow and delays with the at-grade option
- Some support for the single-point roundabout option
- The roundabout option would cause more backups and restricted sightlines for large trucks
We collected feedback from people who live, work and drive in and around Hwy 13 on what improvements are needed:
- Better traffic flow and drive time
- Less congestion and fewer traffic delays
- Improved sidewalks, trails and pedestrian crossings
- Better access to/from local streets/frontage roads and Hwy 13
- Better truck access to the Ports of Savage especially in the Dakota Ave. intersection area