TH 52/65th Street Interchange EAW and Preliminary and Final Design

Rochester, Minnesota

The City of Rochester and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) District 6 initiated the Northern Rochester Transportation Study (NRTS) in early 2009. The goal of this effort was to develop a unified transportation plan for northwest Rochester that could be implemented over time to address long-range traffic demands.

The first component of the NRTS to be implemented was the TH 52/65th Street Interchange. SRF completed the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), a MnDOT Level I staff-approved layout, and prepared final design plans for the City of Rochester, in cooperation with MnDOT, to create a new full-access interchange at the existing 65th Street Bridge over TH 52. The project consists of:

  •  Adding folded access ramps on the north side of 65th Street
  • Incorporating two new stormwater ponds within the ramp loops
  • Improving 65th Street between Highway 52 and Freedom Drive
  • Realigning the west frontage road in the northwest quadrant of the interchange
  • Constructing northbound and southbound Highway 52 auxiliary lanes between 55th Street and 65th Street
  • Adding a pedestrian trail along the south side of 65th Street between Highway 52 and the realigned west frontage road
  • Performing sink hole corrective actions

Additionally, SRF performed right-of-way acquisition and appraisal services to meet MnDOT’s requirements for the interchange ownership.

Throughout the project development SRF served as a liaison between the City of Rochester and MnDOT to enhance communications between the two agencies and ensure each agency’s requirements were being met.

CLIENT: The City of Rochester and MnDOT