Old Cedar Avenue Traffic and Intersection Study

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UPDATE: 8/30/22

The proposed recommendations from the Old Cedar Avenue Traffic and Intersection Study include:

  • Include with 2023 Pavement Management Program project:
    • Conversion of Old Cedar Avenue (86th Street to Old Shakopee Road) from a four lane to a three lane roadway
  • Include as a 2027 construction project (or when federal funding becomes available)
    • Reconstruction of the Old Shakopee Road at Old Cedar Avenue intersection as a signalized intersection with dedicated turn lanes
  • See Timeline (on the right) for next opportunities for public engagement.


Corridor Alternatives:

Converting a roadway from a 4-lane to a 3-lane roadway is an efficient way to improve safety for all users without sacrificing mobility. Safety benefits include reducing outlier speeders, separating left turning traffic from thru traffic, reducing crossing exposure for pedestrians, and providing shoulder space for bicyclists and transit stops.

Existing 4-Lane

Three Lane


Intersection Alternatives

The intersection of Old Shakopee Rd & Old Cedar Ave has experienced a long-term crash issue associated with left turning vehicles. The two alternatives below would help mitigate this crash issue.

Turn Lanes at SignalRoundabout

Crash Study/Safety Issues

The Old Cedar Avenue Traffic and Intersection study team wants to understand what current issues you experience and what opportunities you see with walking, biking or driving along Old Cedar Ave corridor. Scroll down to take a short survey and share your thoughts on the comment map.


The team will keep you informed by updating this project page, listen to your input and provide feedback on how the public input influenced the final project.

The City of Bloomington is studying the corridor to determine the best way to use the roadway to meet the current and future needs of users. In 2023, Old Cedar Avenue between East 87th Street and East Old Shakopee Road is scheduled for an overlay project as part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. In addition to the overlay project, the City is working to obtain funding for a Safety Improvement project at the intersection of E Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Avenue (estimated to be constructed in 2027).

Improvements to Old Cedar Avenue need to balance how it serves its residential uses and commuters, particularly on the south end with the busy E Old Shakopee Road intersection. Determining a preferred cross-section for the corridor will create an environment that serves all modes of transportation into the future.

This Traffic and Intersection Study is an opportunity to engage with those who travel the Old Cedar Avenue corridor to better understand current needs, address any existing safety issues, and to determine the best way to use the existing pavement to develop a preferred design for the corridor. In addition to determining the optimal use of the existing curb-to-curb space, other long-term improvements will be considered through input received from community members and corridor stakeholders.

Old Cedar Avenue is a four-lane undivided roadway and is identified as a major collector between East 86th Street and East Old Shakopee Road. The road carries between 4,700 and 8,600 vehicles per day. Based on an initial look, there might be opportunities to repurpose the existing pavement.

The Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail runs along the west side of Old Cedar Avenue from American Boulevard to Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. There is an existing sidewalk along the east side of Old Cedar Avenue from 86th Street to just north of East Old Shakopee Road.

The corridor has a mix of low-density and medium-density residential land-uses. The study area includes a diverse group of local businesses and multiple communities of faith. The area also serves many commuters, including transit users, walkers, bikers, and vehicle drivers.

UPDATE: 8/30/22

The proposed recommendations from the Old Cedar Avenue Traffic and Intersection Study include:

  • Include with 2023 Pavement Management Program project:
    • Conversion of Old Cedar Avenue (86th Street to Old Shakopee Road) from a four lane to a three lane roadway
  • Include as a 2027 construction project (or when federal funding becomes available)
    • Reconstruction of the Old Shakopee Road at Old Cedar Avenue intersection as a signalized intersection with dedicated turn lanes
  • See Timeline (on the right) for next opportunities for public engagement.


Corridor Alternatives:

Converting a roadway from a 4-lane to a 3-lane roadway is an efficient way to improve safety for all users without sacrificing mobility. Safety benefits include reducing outlier speeders, separating left turning traffic from thru traffic, reducing crossing exposure for pedestrians, and providing shoulder space for bicyclists and transit stops.

Existing 4-Lane

Three Lane


Intersection Alternatives

The intersection of Old Shakopee Rd & Old Cedar Ave has experienced a long-term crash issue associated with left turning vehicles. The two alternatives below would help mitigate this crash issue.

Turn Lanes at SignalRoundabout

Crash Study/Safety Issues

The Old Cedar Avenue Traffic and Intersection study team wants to understand what current issues you experience and what opportunities you see with walking, biking or driving along Old Cedar Ave corridor. Scroll down to take a short survey and share your thoughts on the comment map.


The team will keep you informed by updating this project page, listen to your input and provide feedback on how the public input influenced the final project.

The City of Bloomington is studying the corridor to determine the best way to use the roadway to meet the current and future needs of users. In 2023, Old Cedar Avenue between East 87th Street and East Old Shakopee Road is scheduled for an overlay project as part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. In addition to the overlay project, the City is working to obtain funding for a Safety Improvement project at the intersection of E Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Avenue (estimated to be constructed in 2027).

Improvements to Old Cedar Avenue need to balance how it serves its residential uses and commuters, particularly on the south end with the busy E Old Shakopee Road intersection. Determining a preferred cross-section for the corridor will create an environment that serves all modes of transportation into the future.

This Traffic and Intersection Study is an opportunity to engage with those who travel the Old Cedar Avenue corridor to better understand current needs, address any existing safety issues, and to determine the best way to use the existing pavement to develop a preferred design for the corridor. In addition to determining the optimal use of the existing curb-to-curb space, other long-term improvements will be considered through input received from community members and corridor stakeholders.

Old Cedar Avenue is a four-lane undivided roadway and is identified as a major collector between East 86th Street and East Old Shakopee Road. The road carries between 4,700 and 8,600 vehicles per day. Based on an initial look, there might be opportunities to repurpose the existing pavement.

The Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail runs along the west side of Old Cedar Avenue from American Boulevard to Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. There is an existing sidewalk along the east side of Old Cedar Avenue from 86th Street to just north of East Old Shakopee Road.

The corridor has a mix of low-density and medium-density residential land-uses. The study area includes a diverse group of local businesses and multiple communities of faith. The area also serves many commuters, including transit users, walkers, bikers, and vehicle drivers.

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Old Cedar Avenue from 86th Street to Old Shakopee Road

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Help the project team understand what current issues you experience along the corridor and what opportunities you see with walking, biking or driving along Old Cedar Ave S.  The orange boundary box indicates the area of the study. 

Please click the (+) sign to the left to add a pin (traffic, biking, walking or safety) and leave a detailed comment.

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Page last updated: 06 Sep 2022, 01:43 PM