Rethinking (and re-imagining) the I-94 corridor

One of the options considered for the future of I-94 in the project area. Improved walking and biking connections are a key component of the corridor's future. Image: USDOT "Every Place Counts" Report.

As part of MnDOT's "Rethinking I-94" project team and working closely with corridor cities and the Metropolitan Council, Community Design Group is leading the effort to re-imagine enhanced pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along and across the Interstate 94 corridor.

Rethinking I-94 will setup the framework for investments in connectivity and access improvement projects throughout the project area for decades to come. Significant questions that this projects seeks to answer include:

  • What are the priorities for the I-94 Corridor?
  • How can investment along the corridor support the goals of the local residents, neighborhoods and communities through which it runs?
  • What kind of local mobility, placemaking and community development opportunities can be enhanced by investment along the corridor?

The pedestrian and bicycle components of this project have the potential to create something groundbreaking and unique. Community conversations have already taken place regarding potential "capping" (or air-rights development) of the I-94 trench at select crossing locations.

For this project, CDG is evaluating potential concepts for bicycle infrastructure along the corridor, including possibilities of separated / protected bike lanes (cycletrack facilities), protected intersections, and integration with local networks.

We are excited to work with MnDOT and other agency partners to lead this innovative work that can help more community members use active modes of transportation to access local destinations more comfortably, conveniently and safely.