The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Hennepin County and the City of Rogers are studying the intersection of TH 101 and CSAH 144 (141st Avenue North). The agencies are evaluating alternatives to replace the existing traffic signal with an interchange. This web page will be a resource for residents, property owners and businesses to refer to as the study and project progress.
This construction project will consist of four primary stages that will affect traffic flows. Lane closures, temporary detours, temporary traffic signals and other changes will take place. These stages are set up to provide safety in the work area and to minimize traffic congestion while still allowing access to local businesses.
The following links are the materials presented at the April 26, 2012 Open House. All links are in PDF format and may require your browser's zooming features to view the documents at a readable size.
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (such as the DNR and Watershed Districts) to residents, business owners and property owners living or working along or near the roadway, have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The partnering agencies recognize that these interests vary in perspective. The agencies will use information provided by the various stakeholders when making their decision on the final improvements. There are a number of activities which will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:
The second open house meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Rogers Activity Center. The partnering agencies will be presenting the updated layouts for the preferred alternative (the Diverging Diamond Interchange) and other alternatives studied (the Tight Diamond Interchange and Single Point Urban Interchange) as well as the traffic, safety, environmental, and other information studied so far. A mailing with this information will be sent to property owners within a half-mile radius of the project site approximately two weeks before the meeting date.
As part of the process, the partnering agencies will be completing an environmental analysis of the impacts associated with constructing an interchange. This document is known as a Categorical Exclusion. Issues identified and discussed in the document include: wetlands, floodplain, threatened and endangered species, surface water runoff, noise, property impacts, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, etc. The document requires the agencies to identify mitigation measures for impacts that result from the project. Once completed, the document will be approved by the reviewing agencies. A copy of the final document will be posted at a later date.
TH 101 is a principal arterial roadway that links I-94 to US 10/US 169. It crosses both the Crow and Mississippi Rivers, links several communities and is an important connection to Greater Minnesota. In 2010, TH 101 carried approximately 41,500 cars in the project area. North of the project area, MnDOT and its partners have invested several million dollars in upgrading TH 101 to a freeway facility by replacing signalized intersections with interchanges and removing other access points.
The need for an interchange at TH 101 and CSAH 144 has been documented for years. In 2002, MnDOT identified the need for an interchange in this location as part of its Interregional Corridor Study. The interchange has also been included in the city's comprehensive plan and the Hennepin County transportation plan. The need for the interchange is a result of the heavy traffic volumes along TH 101 and its intersecting roadways. Additionally, the intersection at CSAH 144 has a history of crashes that exceed the typical crash rates for other similar roadways.
In 2010 the City of Rogers applied for and received a $9.2 million dollar SaM (Safety and Mobility) grant from MnDOT for the interchange construction. This grant requires the city to have the project ready for construction by January 1, 2014. In order to get the project ready for construction by the grant deadline, the city and its partners need to identify and select a preferred interchange type, complete an environmental analysis of the impacts associated with converting the intersection to an interchange, complete the final plans for both the roadways and the bridge and let a construction contract. Throughout this process, the partnering agencies will be providing information to the public. The agencies are also seeking input and feedback from affected property owners and businesses.