We are studying I-35W from Park Ave. in Minneapolis to Co. Rd. C in Roseville.
The purpose of the I-35W North Gateway project is to develop a long-term solution for all people who use that stretch of freeway. The study will assess the condition of bridges, pavement and interchanges. The study will also gather input from nearby communities on their needs related to transportation and safety. The goal of the study is to identify future construction projects along the freeway.
What we’ve done to date
We are evaluating I-35W between Park Ave. in Minneapolis and Co. Rd. C in Roseville to develop a vision for the study area and identify potential future transportation improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, passengers and transit riders. We’ve been actively listening in the community since late 2018 to understand what’s needed in this study area.
See what we’ve done to date and what’s next in our visioning process.
One-on-one qualitative interviews and in-person meetings with community stakeholders
The study team completed 19 qualitative interviews and 15 in-person meetings with community influencers, organizations and businesses to identify transportation issues and needs that exist along this stretch of I-35W. Each representative or group offered perceptions on living, working, visiting and traveling to or through the area.
These conversations focused on:
People’s experiences while traveling on and across this stretch of I-35W
What makes it difficult to get around
What should stay the same
Local neighborhood impacts from motorists avoiding interstate traffic
Conflict areas between motorists and people walking and bicycling
Demand for expanded transit options and connections
Interstate access contributing to prosperity
Need for agency coordination
More connections across the interstate create better community connections
Community feedback survey
The study team sought to better understand the community’s needs related to mobility and transportation along this stretch of I-35W in late winter 2019. The multilingual community feedback survey received 2,269 responses between Feb. 13 and March 8. The survey targeted residents, businesses, visitors and commuters along I-35W within the metro area.
Community outreach & engagement planning
The study team has developed an Outreach & Engagement Plan based on community conversations and input to help guide our visioning process. We’re committed to providing engagement opportunities for a broad cross-section of stakeholders and the public to give everyone a voice during the development and evaluation process.
Purpose & Need: Checking what we know
The study team combined what we heard from the community with our own research and data to identify the issues, or problems, within the study area.
Road pavement conditions
Existing road curves impacting sight lines and how people drive in the area
Congestion along and across I-35W
Unpredictable trips/travel time for motorists and transit users
Crashes along I-35W
Vulnerable and uncomfortable highway crossings for people walking and bicycling
Then we went back to the community to check our work. An online meeting and participant survey were made available from May 15-June 21, 2020 to share project updates and confirm that the problems we identified are in line with what the community thinks.
What comes next? Developing concepts that make up our vision. We’ll use what we know about the study area and the community’s priorities to help determine how each proposed improvement or solution solves the problems.