Background More than 700 miles of Trunk Highway in Minnesota are currently in Poor condition. Despite approximately $980 million of planned pavement investments from 2012-15, the number of miles in Poor condition is projected to increase to 1,900 by the year 2020. This will have a significant negative impact on the traveling public, the states economy and our quality of life. It will also dramatically increase the future cost of maintaining paved roads in Minnesota.
Program The Minnesota Department of Transportations Better Roads for Minnesota is a four-year program that will: Significantly improve state highway pavement conditions – the goal is to improve more than 500 miles of roads and reduce Poor pavements Provide pavement-related improvements in the areas of safety, ADA accessibility and other infrastructure like drainage facilities Explore innovative engineering and delivery techniques to get more bang for the taxpayer dollar Provide numerous jobs for Minnesota citizens
Rating Overview Highway 19 Before Highway 19 After
Purpose and Need for Improvements Improve pavement condition and ride quality Enhance safety and flow of traffic with turn lane additions Improvements for curbed-urban section Address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) deficiencies Address drainage and erosion issues
Accessible pedestrian signals provide directions in alternative formats such as: Verbal messages Audible tones Vibrating surfaces They also provide pedestrians with information about: Existence and location of the pushbutton Beginning of the "WALK" interval Direction of the crosswalk Audible signals Audible signals can be heard six to twelve feet from the pushbutton. Volumes become louder or softer in response to level of traffic noise. Audible signals provide information using: Repeating tone indicating location of pushbutton Tone, click or spoken "WAIT" indicating button was pushed Tone or spoken WALK message providing name of street to be crossed Spoken countdown of remaining crossing time Tactile signals Tactile signals are located at the pushbutton. Tactile signals provide information using: Raised arrow pointing in direction of travel and vibrating during the WALK signal Braille symbols providing name of street Benefits Improve ability of pedestrians with hearing and visual impairments to cross the street safely Allow pedestrians to more accurately judge beginning of WALK interval Reduce crossings begun during DONT WALK phase
Schedule and Next Steps Design Complete - November 15, 2012 Project Letting - January 25, 2013 Construction Begins (anticipated) - August, 2013 Tied to the Highway 56 Construction – August, 2013 Schedule of construction in Northfield - August - October 2013 Completion Date (anticipated) - October 2013
Project awarded to: Crane Creek Asphalt Division of Mathy Construction