Brainerd Highway 210 Improvement Project

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Brainerd Highway 210/Washington St. Improvement Project

Hello! Our engagement phase is currently closed. Please feel free to explore our interactive map to see the proposed solutions for each segment. Our team will be busy over the next few months taking what we heard from the community and creating initial design concepts for Highway 210/Washington St. through Brainerd. We plan on presenting initial design concepts to the community sometime next year. If you haven’t already, visit the project website to learn more and sign up for email updates so you’re the first to know about engagement opportunities.

About this online open house

How to begin: After clicking on the “get started” button below, you can start by clicking on the blue colored boxes along the bottom to learn more about the project or if you would like to jump right into the proposed solutions, you can start by clicking the colored lines on the main map screen to learn more about each segment.

Navigating the map: Click on the colored lines on the main map to learn more about each segment, proposed solutions and provide your feedback. You can use the large “X” in the top left corner of the screen to close out of the segment and return to the main map to explore more.

Providing feedback: Review the information for each segment and complete the comment form at the bottom to tell us what you think about the proposed solutions. Hit the “submit” button to confirm that your comment is sent to the project team. Then click the large “X” in the top right corner to close out and continue exploring the map.

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West Segment - Baxter Dr. to Mississippi River Bridge

This area has congestion and safety issues that need to be addressed to keep the community moving. We know that backups occur at the NW 4th St./Washington St. intersection that impact vehicles turning at NW 3rd St. and NW 5th St. from Highway 210/Washington St.

We also observed that the striping currently installed to keep vehicles from making left turns at cross-streets is not as effective as other potential safety methods.

Potential Solutions:

Our team is proposing some changes to help with the safety and traffic flow issues identified above.

Intersection Design

Add a second left turn lane from northbound NW 4th St. to westbound Highway 210/Washington St.

Add center medians on Highway 210/Washington St. at NW 3rd Ave. and NW 5th Ave. creating right-in/right-out only intersections. This will help reduce backups and congestion caused by left-turning vehicles from Highway 210/Washington St. to side streets in the area.


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Roadway Design Options

To improve safety, MnDOT is proposing to add raised medians at each of the intersecting side streets to limit traffic to right turns only. The raised medians will replace the existing pavement striping that’s out there today.

The designs shown below include images of what’s out there today, along with our ideas for safety and traffic improvements to better accommodate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. This segment was reconstructed in 2001 so there’s less work being proposed in this area compared to the other segments.


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Mississippi River Bridge

The Mississippi River crossing is an essential crossing for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. We know that there are narrow sidewalks on both sides of the bridge that make it difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely cross the bridge.

Potential Solutions:

MnDOT is proposing an 11-foot sidewalk on both sides of the bridge to address this issue. The image below shows the top down view of what this would look like.


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Roadway Design Options

The designs shown below include images of what’s out there today, along with our ideas for safety and traffic improvements to better accommodate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.


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Central Segment - Mississippi River Bridge to Kingwood St.

This segment of the project area extends through downtown Brainerd and has congestion and safety issues for all users of this area. There is also on-street parking allowed on the north side of Highway 210/Washington St.. We know there are several key issues that need to be addressed, including:

  • No median barrier separating lanes of traffic between East River Rd. and 9th St.
  • Safety concerns with access to and from private driveways on Highway 210/Washington St.
  • Current on-street parking locations are a safety concern given heavy traffic volumes
  • Narrow sidewalks on the south side of Highway 210/Washington St.
  • A significant amount of vehicles making right turns from eastbound Highway 210/Washington St. at East River Rd., 4th St., and 8th St.

Potential Solutions:

After observing this area and hearing from community members, our team developed potential solutions to help address these issues:

Chippewa St. and Highway 210/Washington St. Intersection

The concept shown below will help with safety and access at the Chippewa St./Dairy Queen intersection. Removing the eastbound left turn lane allows for more room for wider sidewalks on the bridge.


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New right turn lane recommendations

Based on priorities identified in the detailed traffic analysis, MnDOT is proposing to add eastbound right turn lanes at the following intersections:

  • East River Rd.
  • 4th St.
  • 8th St.
Parking on Highway 210/Washington St.

On-street parking is currently allowed along the north side of Highway 210/Washington St. We heard from community members during our online survey that on-street parking is not a top priority for this area. After hearing this feedback and identifying other safety concerns in this area, we are proposing to remove on-street parking because of the heavy traffic volume and the availability of on-street parking on the side streets and/or on site.

Click on the red, black, and light blue lines on the main map screen to see how parking may change.

Roadway Design Options

The designs shown below include images of what’s out there today, along with our ideas for safety and traffic improvements to better accommodate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.


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East Mall Area/Railyard Segment

This segment extends east from Kingwood St. to 10th Ave. and is a mix of commercial land uses to the north and rail operations and open space to the south. We know there are several key issues that need to be addressed, including:

  • Congestion and safety concerns at 13th St. SE/Gillis Ave. and Highway 25/8th Ave. NE
  • Safety concerns with access to and from private driveways on Highway 210/Washington St.
  • On-street parking is a safety concern given heavy traffic volumes
  • No sidewalk on the south side of the roadway east of Kingwood St.

Potential Solutions:

After observing this area and hearing from community members, our team developed several ideas for addressing congestion and safety issues and accommodating an extension of the Cuyuna State Trail.

Concept 1:

This concept is similar to the existing intersection out there today, however it improves traffic flow at Highway 210/Washington St. and 8th Ave./Highway 25. It also improves safety by removing some turning options at the mall entrance off of 8th Ave. and at 10th Ave. Concept 1 provides improved traffic operations compared to the existing conditions but does not provide the benefits of Concepts 2 or 3. View a video clip illustrating traffic flow with Concept 1.

Reconstruct Highway 25 for better traffic flow

Modify 10th Ave. intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove access to Highway 25

New trail on west side of Highway 25

Relocate traffic signal from 4th Ave. to 5th Ave.

Modify Mall driveway to allow only right-in and right-out turns for Mall traffic.


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Concept 2:

Converting the existing traffic signal at 8th Ave. to a roundabout as well as removing the traffic signal at 4th Ave. provides significant safety and traffic flow benefits. This concept also adds access from eastbound Highway 210/Washington St. to the mall. Similar to the other two concepts, this concept removes turning options at the mall entrance off of 8th Ave. and at 10th Ave. Concept 2 provides better operations than Concept 1 but not as favorable as Concept 3. View a video clip illustrating traffic flow with Concept 2.

New roundabout at the intersection

Modify 10th Ave. intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove access to Highway 25

New trail on west side of Highway 25

Add eastbound left turn lane from Highway 210/Washington St. to the main mall entrance

Remove traffic signal at 4th Ave.

Modify Mall driveway to allow only right-in and right-out turns for Mall traffic


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Concept 3:

This concept provides the most significant changes from what’s out there today, including shifting the Highway 25 connection to Highway 210/Washington St. approximately 1,000 feet west. The two roundabouts provide the most substantial traffic flow and safety benefits of the three alternatives. Similar to concept 2, the traffic signal at 4th Ave. would be removed and access for eastbound Highway 210/Washington St. traffic to the mall would be provided. Similar to the other two concepts, this concept removes turning options at the mall entrance off of 8th Ave. and at 10th Ave. Concept 3 provides the best traffic operations of the three concepts. View a video clip illustrating traffic flow with Concept 3.

Two new roundabouts

Modify 10th Ave. intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove connection between Highway 210/Washington St. and Highway 25 but retain access to area businesses via Highway 25.

Add eastbound left turn lane from Highway 210/Washington St. to the main mall entrance

Remove access to Highway 25

Remove traffic signal at 4th Ave.

Modify Mall driveway to allow only right-in and right-out turns for Mall traffic


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Parking on Highway 210/Washington St.

On-street parking is currently allowed along the north side of Highway 210/Washington St. We are proposing to remove this on-street parking because of the heavy traffic levels and the availability of on-street parking on the side streets.

Click on the red, black, and light blue lines on the main map screen to see how parking may change.

Roadway Design Options

The designs shown below include images of what’s out there today, along with our ideas for safety and traffic improvements to better accommodate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.


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East Segment - 10th Ave. NE to Pine Shores Rd.

This segment extends through a mix of residential, commercial, and open space land uses. This area includes a continuous raised center median with openings for access at cross-streets and all private driveways. Similar to the West Segment, this section of road is relatively new so that’s why there’s less work being proposed.

Potential Solutions:

Road Design Options

The design below reflects what’s out there today. No changes are proposed beyond the planned mill and overlay to improve pavement conditions.


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Project Overview The future of Highway 210/Washington St.

MnDOT, the City of Brainerd and Crow Wing County need your help in planning the future Highway 210/Washington St. through Brainerd. In 2025 or beyond, we will begin to upgrade both directions of Highway 210/Washington St. between Baxter Dr. and Pine Shores Rd. At the same time, we’re also planning to make access, safety and other improvements in the area during the planned construction.


Map of study area

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What are the goals of the study?

The results from this study will guide our vision for this area that addresses the community’s needs and issues.

Learn from the Brainerd Lakes area community about issues, needs and use of Highway 210/Washington St.

Identify preferred roadway improvements that have community buy-in and are within budget.

Inform residents, businesses and visitors about future construction plans.

Schedule

Fall 2019 -Spring 2020: Collect and analyze data; Summer 2020 - Spring 2021: Develop and refine roadway concepts; Fall 2020 - Spring 2021: Gather community input; Spring 2021: Identify preferred oncept; Summer 2021: Share preferred concept.

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What We Heard A Summary of our 2020 Survey.

The project team conducted an online survey from Nov. 12 through Dec. 12, 2020 for the Brainerd Lakes community that included a series of standard questions about use and perspectives related to Highway 210/Washington St. and an online comment map. It was distributed via press release, social media, project website, emails to key organizations and word of mouth.

Common Themes

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Most people use Highway 210/Washington St. for non-work-related travel, commuting to work.


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Most drive and a small percentage walk or bicycle.



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Most feel the stretch of roadway works OK but could use improvement, while very few believe it is excellent and does not need change.


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Most believe the stretch works poorly for walking and bicycling, many others believe it to be OK but could use some improvement.


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Additional comments focused on intersections (too many stop lights, needing more turn lanes, and better timing of stop lights) and pedestrian/bicycle friendly wishes (adding additional room for bike lanes).


MnDOT thanks all those who participated in the online survey! The input received helped us develop the proposed solutoins you will see later in this online meeting.

To learn more about what we heard, click on the image below!

Construction areas

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Stay Connected! Thank you for your interest in the Highway 210/Washington St. Project

It’s important to understand your issues and concerns regarding Highway 210/Washington St. and get your thoughts on the initial design concepts presented during this online open house. Now is the right time to help MnDOT better understand the key issues and think through possible improvement options.

Please pass along the link to this virtual open house to your family, friends and coworkers that use this stretch of Highway 210/Washington St.


Download a packet of this open house information.

Stay Connected

Visit the Project Website

For more information about the project, and to sign up to receive occasional email updates, please visit: mndot.gov/d3/projects/brainerd

Contact Us

Contact MnDOT Project Manager Luke Wehseler at 218-821-0618 or luke.wehseler@state.mn.us.

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