NEWSBRIEF: SRF will provide design, project coordination for Highway 36/Manning Avenue improvements

SRF Consulting, Inc., will perform preliminary engineering design and project coordination services for the Highway 36 and Manning Avenue/County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15 Interchange project after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $641,750 contract with the company Jan. 8.

Highway 36 is a critical east-west principal roadway that serves the northeast metro to the Wisconsin border. Manning Avenue provides access to northern Washington County. The existing intersection has significant congestion during morning and afternoon rush hours that will worsen with increased traffic volumes from growth and the opening of the St. Croix Crossing bridge. The intersection also has a significant crash and severity rate, and inadequate intersection spacing. An upgrade will provide the opportunity to improve access management for the development area while benefiting pedestrians and drainage.

Over the last year, an interchange study has been conducted to identify the needs at the current intersection and into the future. Alternatives were screened for traffic operations, access, and costs and impacts. SRF’s work will further refine those designs to determine a preferred alternative through the environmental documentation process. The preferred alternative will be developed into an approvable layout that will be based on the needs of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the county, the cities of Grant, Lake Elmo, and Stillwater, and Stillwater Township, as well as the needs of businesses, and the public’s needs.

SRF will provide public and agency involvement, preliminary design, and environmental documentation for a grade-separated interchange to be constructed in 2021.

The contract is funded with state aid funds; local contributions will assist with design and construction costs.

The project has an estimated construction cost of $25 million, with $7 million from the Metropolitan Council Regional Solicitation having been previously secured.

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