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CSAH 3 Up the Hill Project

West of TH 10

Golden Spike Project

3rd Avenue N East to Highway 10

Project Purpose and Need

Benton County and the City of Sauk Rapids are currently developing preliminary design alternatives for CSAH 3 (2nd Street N) from 3rd Avenue N to the west exit ramp of Trunk Highway 10. Improvements are needed to replace the failing pavement surface, increase capacity to serve existing and future traffic demands, provide a bike path and/or sidewalk to improve the safety of pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and upgrade intersection functionality for safety and capacity.  The county and city are currently working with a consultant to provide a design that meets the safety, infrastructure replacement and capacity goals deemed necessary for the corridor.  The county and city applied for, and have received, federal funds to offset a significant portion of the project development and construction costs.  Below you will find links to each of the design alternatives proposed at the Public Open House No. 2 on June 3, 2013. To help differentiate the proposed design alternatives, below each alternative you will find a quick explanation of each:

Design Alternatives Considered

Preliminary Design Alternative A

  • “No Build” option – corridor remains the same
  • No safety concerns are addressed
  • Current & future traffic capacity issues not addressed
  • May not be eligible for alternative funding
  • Still need to replace pavement surface and substandard infrastructure

Preliminary Design Alternative B  

  • The proposed north curb line would remain in the same location as the existing north curb line with expansion taking place to the south
  • Bike path and sidewalk proposed to address pedestrian/bicyclist safety
  • 4-way stop intersection proposed at 6th and Summit Avenues, with provisions for future traffic signals as traffic volumes increase
  • Mainly impacts properties on the south side of CSAH 3 (2nd Street N)

Preliminary Design Alternative B (with Roundabouts)

  • Similar to Alternative B
  • Roundabout intersections at 6th / Summit / Stearns
  • Additional impacts to properties on north side at said intersections for roundabouts

Preliminary Design Alternative C

  • The proposed south curb line would remain in the same location as the existing south curb line with expansion taking place to the north between 3rd and Summit, then east of Summit the north curb line would remain constant with expansion to the south.
  • Bike path and sidewalk proposed to address pedestrian/bicyclist safety
  • 4-way stop intersection proposed at 6th and Summit Avenues, with provisions for future traffic signals as traffic volumes increase
  • Mainly impacts properties on the north side of CSAH 3 (2nd Street N)

Preliminary Design Alternative C (with Roundabouts)

  • Similar to Alternative C
  • Roundabout intersections at 6th / Summit / Stearns
  • Additional impacts to properties on south side at said intersections for roundabouts

Preliminary Design Alternative D

  • This alternative depicts expansion to the north and south.
  • Bike path and sidewalk proposed to address pedestrian/bicyclist safety
  • 4-way stop intersection proposed at 6th and Summit Avenues, with provisions for future traffic signals as traffic volumes increase
  • This alternative impacts the most properties (approx. 30)
  • Highest Right-of-way costs

Preliminary Design Alternative D (with Roundabouts)

  • Similar to Alternative D
  • Roundabout intersections at 6th / Summit / Stearns
  • Additional impacts to properties on north and south side at said intersections for roundabouts

Semi-trucks in Roundabouts

Preferred Alternative

At Open House No. 3 on September 26, 2013, the Project Management Team (PMT) presented the Preferred Design Alternative C based on comments and concerns received by the public during the first two public open house meetings as well as the PMT.

  • Similar to Preliminary Design Alternative C (with Roundabouts)
  • Narrow 6’ wide median between 3rd Ave N and 6th Ave N
  • Continuous center left turn lane to serve commercial properties between Summit Ave and TH 10
  • Roundabout intersections at 6th Ave and Summit Ave
  • Signalized intersection at Stearns Ave
  • Computer Model depicting vehicle travel through the corridor during a peak hour situation with year 2035 traffic volumes

 

Public Involvement

Open House No 1 (March 11, 2013): Presentation

Open House No 2 (June 3, 2013): Presentation

Open House No 3 (September 26, 2013): Presentation

Board Presentation (May 17, 2016): Presentation

Project Contacts

Ron Bray (WSB & Associates, Inc.) - Project Manager
763-287-7177 / email: rbray@wsbeng.com

Chris Byrd, Benton County Engineer
320.968.5051 / email: cbyrd@co.benton.mn.us

Additional Roundabout Information

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roundabouts

Roundabout Videos

How Roundabouts Work

Roudabout Myth - Large Trucks

How about a Roundabout?