Check out the latest news on progress to improve Highway 212!
Latest information about Highway 212:
Carver County and the SWCTC are making progress on achieving the Highway 212 vision by actively pursuing safety improvements to key intersections and an upgrade of the current two-lane gaps in Highway 212 between the Cities of Norwood Young America and Carver. To accomplish this, Carver County and MnDOT are completing a planning effort to define the best way to address critical safety, freight, mobility and economic development needs. This effort calls for a phased approach. It focuses first on safety improvements at two key intersections and upgrading the two-lane section between Cologne and Carver. To reduce implementation costs, we are working to refine the previous four-lane expressway design; however, it will still generate similar benefits. The recommendations of the refined plan will:
- Use more of the existing alignment to reduce cost and limit right-of-way acquisitions.
- Improve the reliability of the corridor for heavy movement of goods and agricultural products from rural Minnesota producers to the Twin Cities markets and transshipment terminals.
- Improve safety for more than 12,000 daily users of the corridor and improve the ability to access the corridor.
- Build upon already completed official mapping, engineering and environmental documentation to provide “shovel-ready” implementation.
- Address corridor segments and intersections that are experiencing higher than average crash rates (three fatalities).
- Reduce safety problems at two high crash intersections: Carver County Road 34 and 43 (see corridor map above).
Freight and Mobility Benefits
- Accommodate the high volume of heavy commercial vehicles using Highway 212.
- Reduce heavy commercial vehicle operational costs (more than 10,500 hours annually or approximately 17%).
- Accommodate future traffic needs (volumes are forecasted to increase between two to three times).
- The existing traffic volumes far exceeding the present capacity of the existing two-lane facility.
- Better serve more than 65 major freight generators that are located adjacent or within proximity of the corridor.
- Improve the movement of freight by truck, the predominant mode of transportation in and out of Western Minnesota. By tonnage, trucking accounts for 67 percent of all outbound movements and 93 percent of all inbound movements.
Economic Vitality Benefits
- Support continued private sector reinvestments along Highway 212. Past roadway improvements east of County Road 11 in Carver County have attracted new housing developments, jobs, services and industries. Examples of major investments include the construction and subsequent expansion of the 212 Medical Center (73,000 sq. ft.), new data centers (115,000 sq.ft.), and Fleet Farm and Super Target retail operations.
Infrastructure Investments Benefits
- Improve the corridor’s existing infrastructure, which will help address performance-based investment needs as identified by MnDOT’s Corridor Investment Management Strategy (CIMS).
Anticipated Highway 212 preservation needs between 2016 and 2020 include:
- Bridge Preservation – One bridge
- Pavement Preservation – 58 miles
- Culvert Preservation – Two culverts
- Pipe Replacement – 47 pipes
- Safety Improvements – Five priority intersections and two priority curves
- Incorporate lower cost-high benefit solutions into the preliminary design, which will give this 4.6-mile segment of roadway a high benefit-cost ratio.
For more information: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/212cologne/index.html