Trunk Highway 252 is a four-mile signalized highway that provides a crucial north-south connection between Interstates 94/694 and Highway 610 to the north. MnDOT, Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are studying several access concepts to improve safety and mobility at the six intersections along the corridor. With three of the six intersections ranking in the top twelve for crash cost comparison from 2011-2015, the project is important for improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along the corridor as well as improving motor-vehicle circulation and access in the northern Twin Cities suburbs.
Currently in the system planning and concept study stage, CDG is leading a multimodal connectivity study to consider the opportunities and challenges the different concepts will bring to the pedestrian and bicycle environment. The goals of the project are to improve community connectivity and safety through upgraded pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, access to transit services and maintenance of existing infrastructure investments.
The project began in 2017 with a study of current and future traffic flows, crash history, basic concept development and public engagement. Two open houses and an online survey collected local resident, commuter and business owner feedback on preferred interchange scenarios.
As the study moves into the concept development and environmental review process, CDG will continue engaging local stakeholders and members of the public to inform them of project updates and gather feedback on the needs of the community.