CSAH 34 Corridor Study

Anoka County, Minnesota

The County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 34 Corridor Study was a partnership between Anoka County and the City of Lino Lakes to analyze and identify future transportation improvements addressing safety, access, mobility, and congestion in the corridor. The primary study goal was to identify a preferred roadway and access concepts for the CSAH 34 corridor. As an important east and west route for the City of Lino Lakes and Anoka County, CSAH 34 is a critical component of the city and county transportation systems. The study objectives included:

  • Developing an understanding of the issues, constraints and opportunities in the corridor through comprehensive data collection/assembly, technical analysis of issues, and discussions with stakeholders.
  • Preparing a corridor vision and creatively developing a range of solutions that reflect sound technical design practices and meet the project’s goals while minimizing potential social, economic, and environmental (SEE) impacts.
  • Considering multimodal needs such as pedestrian, bicycle and transit in the overall corridor implementation plan.
  • Considering opportunities to strengthen the sense of community by incorporating gateway treatments and streetscape concepts into roadway alternatives, if they are compatible with sound roadway design and support corridor safety objectives.
  • Evaluating the various concepts, their costs, and preparing a corridor plan, an improvement “toolbox”, and an implementation program that meets federal and state environmental regulations.
  • Involving stakeholders throughout the decision-making process to enhance understanding of corridor issues, goals and objectives; building credibility for technical analysis; and fostering support for implementation.

An important element of the study was completing a comprehensive SEE scan of key issue areas. The scan identified potential impacts (including avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures) and suggested the appropriate level of analysis to be completed by future environmental documents. The presence of important water resources, including lakes, streams, floodplains, and wetlands, required special attention and coordination to ensure the project would successfully address these issues. A coordination meeting with staff from the Watershed District, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Anoka County Parks provided an opportunity to discuss identified resources and potential mitigation solutions.

CLIENT: Anoka County and City of Lino Lakes, Minnesota