Xerxes Avenue and Old Shakopee Road Intersection Improvement Project

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Project Background

The City of Bloomington in partnership with Hennepin County is proposing safety improvements at the intersection of Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue. To improve safety and reduce crashes, the intersection will be expanded to include dedicated left-turn lanes on all approaches on Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue.


Existing Conditions

Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) is a four-lane undivided urban roadway that serves approximately 22,500 vehicles daily and includes a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour (MPH). Xerxes Avenue is a four-lane undivided urban roadway that serves 2,500 vehicles per day to the north of the intersection and 7,400 vehicles per day south of the intersection. This roadway includes a posted speed limit of 30 MPH. There have been numerous crashes reported at the intersection of Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue.

Proposed Conditions

The project will include the installation of dedicated left-turn lanes on all approaches of Xerxes Avenue and Old Shakopee Road. Old Shakopee Road will still maintain two-through lanes in both directions of travel. Traffic volumes on Xerxes Avenue are low enough to warrant one dedicated left-turn lane and one through lane in the northbound direction. In the southbound direction on Xerxes Avenue, the traffic configuration will include a dedicated right-turn lane, a dedicated through lane, and a dedicated left-turn lane. All dedicated left-turn lanes will include a flashing yellow arrow turning movement.


Improvements to the intersection will also include upgrading the signal system, ADA and crosswalk improvements, along with the installation of retroreflective pavement markings. The Bloomington City Council authorized the Engineering Division to complete a feasibility report for the project at the March 22nd, 2021 City Council meeting.


No part of this project includes work at the intersection of W. 106th Street and Xerxes Avenue near Bloomington Fire Station #1.


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Funding

The City of Bloomington applied for and received a Federal Aid Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant in 2018. This project will be funded with a mix of Federal Aid, State Aid, City, and Hennepin County funds. At this time, property assessments are not included as part of the funding for this project.


Next Steps

  • Neighborhood meeting – Westwood Elementary School, June 24, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • City Council Public Hearing - Bloomington Civic Plaza, August 9, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Preliminary design layouts (Summer/Fall 2021)
    • City staff will continue to develop and design the final construction layouts
  • Environmental and Federal Documentation Process (Summer/Fall 2021)
  • City Council to hold Public Hearing (Fall 2021)
    • Notice will be sent out after date is selected
  • Construction (Summer through Fall 2022)


Project Background

The City of Bloomington in partnership with Hennepin County is proposing safety improvements at the intersection of Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue. To improve safety and reduce crashes, the intersection will be expanded to include dedicated left-turn lanes on all approaches on Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue.


Existing Conditions

Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) is a four-lane undivided urban roadway that serves approximately 22,500 vehicles daily and includes a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour (MPH). Xerxes Avenue is a four-lane undivided urban roadway that serves 2,500 vehicles per day to the north of the intersection and 7,400 vehicles per day south of the intersection. This roadway includes a posted speed limit of 30 MPH. There have been numerous crashes reported at the intersection of Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and Xerxes Avenue.

Proposed Conditions

The project will include the installation of dedicated left-turn lanes on all approaches of Xerxes Avenue and Old Shakopee Road. Old Shakopee Road will still maintain two-through lanes in both directions of travel. Traffic volumes on Xerxes Avenue are low enough to warrant one dedicated left-turn lane and one through lane in the northbound direction. In the southbound direction on Xerxes Avenue, the traffic configuration will include a dedicated right-turn lane, a dedicated through lane, and a dedicated left-turn lane. All dedicated left-turn lanes will include a flashing yellow arrow turning movement.


Improvements to the intersection will also include upgrading the signal system, ADA and crosswalk improvements, along with the installation of retroreflective pavement markings. The Bloomington City Council authorized the Engineering Division to complete a feasibility report for the project at the March 22nd, 2021 City Council meeting.


No part of this project includes work at the intersection of W. 106th Street and Xerxes Avenue near Bloomington Fire Station #1.


Facing NorthFacing South Facing East

Facing West



Funding

The City of Bloomington applied for and received a Federal Aid Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant in 2018. This project will be funded with a mix of Federal Aid, State Aid, City, and Hennepin County funds. At this time, property assessments are not included as part of the funding for this project.


Next Steps

  • Neighborhood meeting – Westwood Elementary School, June 24, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • City Council Public Hearing - Bloomington Civic Plaza, August 9, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Preliminary design layouts (Summer/Fall 2021)
    • City staff will continue to develop and design the final construction layouts
  • Environmental and Federal Documentation Process (Summer/Fall 2021)
  • City Council to hold Public Hearing (Fall 2021)
    • Notice will be sent out after date is selected
  • Construction (Summer through Fall 2022)


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