125th Street NW Highway Corridor Preservation Project
Olmsted County, in collaboration with the City of Pine Island and New Haven Township, is initiating a study to identify a long-term transportation improvement plan for a future east-west arterial roadway that will connect CSAH 5 to the County Road 12/Highway 52 (“Elk Run”) interchange currently under construction. The study area (512 KB) is approximately 2.5 miles in length and is located within the future urban growth area of Pine Island.
It is anticipated this future arterial road may follow or will be located near the 125th Street NW corridor through the study area. The project would include a study of corridor alignment and design alternatives, identification of the location and design of future key street and trail intersections leading to selection of a preferred corridor improvement concept, preparation of a state-level Environmental Assessment Report, and will conclude with preparation of an Official Street Map identifying the future right of way anticipated to be needed for the project. It is expected that construction of improvements would not occur in the near term future and will be ultimately be driven by timing and pace of future development and traffic growth in the area.
LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE PROJECT
Environmental Assessment Worksheet Published
An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (6.40 MB) for the 125th Street NW Highway Corridor Preservation Project will be available for public review and comment from September 16, 2013 until October 16, 2013. The purpose of the EAW is to identify environmental resources and existing conditions and to disclose information about potential social, economic and environmental impacts of proposed improvements in the study area in order to help governmental units make better informed decisions and minimize impacts if possible. The study area is located south of Pine Island and includes the lands along and within ¼ mile of the 125th St NW corridor between CSAH 3 and 85th Ave NW and future extensions of the corridor east to the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River and west to CSAH 5. The total length of the proposed corridor is approximately 3.5 miles.
The intent of the current project is to develop a corridor improvement plan to facilitate development of an Official Right of Way Map and, if needed, protective right of way acquisition for future transportation improvements in the area. The Official Map is intended to identify the right of way needed for future construction of an east-west arterial roadway that will connect CSAH 5 to the County Road 12/Highway 52 (“Elk Run”) interchange that was recently completed. The project is not programmed for construction at this time.
Copies of the EAW will also be available for public review at the following locations during the EAW comment period:
- Olmsted County Public Works, 2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 200, Rochester MN
- Van Horn Public Library, 115 3rd St SE, Pine Island, MN
- Pine Island City Hall, 250 S. Main Street, Pine Island, MN.
The public is encouraged to submit comments on the EAW during this comment period. Comments can be mailed, prior to the close of the public comment period on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, to Charlie Reiter, Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department, 2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55904. Comments may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, to consider alternative alignments for a future east-west regional arterial between CSAH 5 and the TH 52/CSAH 12 (Elk Run) interchange. A Project Briefing (2.30 MB) was prepared for the County Board summarizing the assessment of alternatives and recommendations of the project staff, New Haven Township and the City of Pine Island. Following the public hearing, the County Board acted to select Alternative C2 South (726 KB) as the preferred alignment option for the study. Minutes of the County Board hearing and action are available on the Reports page of this website.