The next public input opportunity will be in the summer of 2022. We will be asking for feedback on several possible solutions to address the problems identified in this project. Information about upcoming meetings will be posted as details become available.
During the month of September 2021 residents, businesses, commuters and stakeholders had the opportunity to share problems, concerns, experiences and priorities for the Hwy 47 and BNSF railroad crossing. There were 1,039 surveys completed, and the responses are being used by MnDOT to identify transportation problems and solutions to address those problems.
Top concerns with delays due to:
Trains and gate timing at the railroad crossing
Rush hour backups
Blocking due to vehicles turning into side roads and driveways
Top concerns with safety due to:
Emergency Services response times
Sight lines at and near the railroad crossing
Drivers taking alternate routes through neighborhoods
Not enough separation of cars to bikes and pedestrians
Top improvements in the project area:
Provide either an overpass or underpass at the railroad crossing
Improve conditions for emergency services
Make road wider with either more lanes or turn lanes