NEWSBRIEF: Washington County begins right-of-way acquisition for Highway 36/Hadley project

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency recently installed a solar array at North High School as part of the Hometown Solar Grant program. submitted photo

The Washington County Board of Commissioners began the process April 3 of acquiring right-of-way for the Highway 36 and Hadley Avenue interchange project.

The cost to purchase the right-of-way is estimated at $3.3 million and is funded by highway state aid. 

It is expected that 18 land parcels will be impacted by the construction project. Currently, one is owned by Washington County, one is owned by Oakdale, one is owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and five are owned by Mills Fleet Farm, which will donate the land to the project. Four parcels will be acquired, and one private business will be relocated.

The project will remove the existing signalized intersection, which will move Highway 36 closer to being an access-controlled expressway with grade-separated intersections. Project improvements will include a new bridge, interchange ramps, Gateway Trail grade separation and other pedestrian enhancements. The intersection will be more efficient and safely manage increasing traffic and pedestrian/bicycle movements in the area.

The intersection sees 30,700 vehicles each day on Highway 36, a number that is expected to increase to 44,300 in 2040; Hadley Avenue sees 14,500 vehicles per day, and traffic is expected to increase to 17,400 vehicles per day by 2040. The crash rate and rate of severity of those crashes is double what is experienced by other roadways in the metropolitan area. The final design for the project will be complete by October, and construction is scheduled to start in early 2019.

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