Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 13

Savage, Burnsville

Environmental Assessment

We are required by the federal government to provide a report called an Environmental Assessment that evaluates the benefits and impacts from proposed projects.

  • The Environmental Assessment for Hwy 13 corridor improvements between Dakota Ave. in Savage and Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville, and reconstruction of the Dakota Ave. intersection was completed and provided for review and public comment between June 8 and July 8, 2021.
  • A virtual and in-person public hearing was held on Mon, June 28, 2021
  • Project staff are in the process of reviewing stakeholder and public comments to the Environmental Assessment.
  • The responses to comments and a decision from the federal government on whether the project receives a notice of Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or if additional environmental work is needed is anticipated by the end of September 2021.

About this evaluation

Hwy 13 in Savage and Burnsville project location map

Hwy 13 study location map.

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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.

Corridor needs

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

Hwy 13 in Savage and Burnsville project July to October 2020 engagement summary

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Summer and fall 2020

We presented the design concepts for Hwy 13 and collected input from the community and businesses:

Dakota Ave.
  • 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
Nicollet Ave.
  • 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

Spring 2020

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