Corridors of Commerce Highway 169 traveling behind slower moving Highway 23 vehicles, commercial trucks and 2 to 4-lane expansion of TH 169 Passing lanes from Willmar to I-90 recreation traffic. from Itasca County Road 15 to 1 • Enhances highway safety by mile east of Itasca County Road 7 reducing pressure for traffic, to Highway 14 • Critical link of Western Mesabi make high-risk passes Corridor 4-lane east of Owatonna (Segment • Encourages commercial traffic 1) • Key freight route for Mesabi iron to use the corridor instead of ore industry • Support Rochester Destination seeking a longer and potentially Medical Center and its projected less safe alternative route • Improves connection from US 40,000 jobs Highway 53 (Virginia) to US • Provides opportunities to pass Highway 2 (Grand Rapids) • Gateway to southern Minnesota slower traffic which better regional trade centers accommodates the varying mix of Highway 2 • Address critical safety challenges corridor traffic Add three passing lanes to a 38 • Increases the predictability of mile portion of Hwy 2 between Highway 14 travel time for the corridor Deer River and Cass Lake 4-lane N. Mankato to Nicollet • Enhances highway safety by (Advanced to 2015-16) Highway 610 reducing pressure for traffic to • Mankato-North Mankato New Freeway connection from make high-risk passes when Metropolitan Statistical Area Hennepin County Road 81 to I-94 traveling behind slower moving (MSA)is the fastest growing MSA • New connection will vehicles, commercial trucks and in the state (gross domestic accommodate 50,000 vehicles recreation traffic. product, employment growth and per day goods production) • Alleviates traffic on existing I-94 • Mankato MSA leads all Greater principal arterials I-94 and I-694 Add lanes from MN 101 to MN 241 Minnesota MSAs in population • Modal connectivity with future growth. • Adds capacity to one of the Bottineau LRT Transit hub state’s fastest growing corridors • Addresses critical safety challenges • Alleviates congestion along I-694 heavily used tourism corridor to Dynamic shoulder lane from Rice Northern Minnesota Highway 14 to Lexington • Alleviates congestion on Nicollet Bypass (4 lane) • Over 25 major employers adjacent secondary routes • Improves safety at two high crash to this segment of the I-694 • First step towards planned intersections (TH 99 and TH 111 in Corridor managed lane Nicollet) • Total employment adjacent to the • Enhanced mobility for heavy improvement is 37,000 employees Hwy 34 commercial traffic between • I-694 carries 100,000 vehicles per regional trade centers Passing lanes from Detroit Lakes day, and serves as the designated to Nevis • One step closer to goal of truck bypass of I-94 through the 4-lane facility from New Ulm to core metro area • Enhances highway safety by Rochester reducing pressure for traffic to • Only 2 thru lanes in each direction make high-risk passes when results in over 6 hours per day
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