MnDOT will convey portion of Highway 5 to Washington County

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement May 26 with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) that will release road authority of a portion Highway 5 to the county.

It affects the portion of the highway that is between Highway 120 and Highway 36, where Highway 5 is an 8.3-mile east-west corridor through the county.

MnDOT and Washington County agreed that the county is the proper road authority for this segment of highway.

Jurisdictional changes can occur when the function of some roadways change or transition over time due to factors such as increased urbanization or other significant changes in the roadway system.

Because of the short- and long-term capital costs associated with having jurisdiction over the highway, MnDOT will convey $22 million to the county for the roadway’s upkeep. The county will also be eligible for additional state funds for roadway maintenance if it has jurisdiction over the highway.

The county will now be responsible for its maintenance, including snow and ice removal in the winter and pothole patching and mowing in the summer.

The county will become responsible for six stoplights along the roadway; five stoplights will remain property of MnDOT. The county is also adding two stoplights along the corridor in Lake Elmo.

It is estimated that it will cost about $190,000 a year to maintain the roadway. The highway’s pavement is currently rated as in very good condition. It is anticipated that some turn lanes and stoplights will be added to the highway.

Contact: Wayne Sandberg, County Engineer and Public Works Deputy Director, 651-430-4339

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