Rice County, along with its “study partners,” including the City of Dundas, City of Northfield, Bridgewater Township, Northfield Township, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, have initiated something called the CSAH 1 Corridor Preservation Study. The idea behind the study is to identify potential routes for an east-west arterial road south of Hwy. 19, since the 2025 Rice County Transportation Plan indicates that such a road may be needed. Hey, it’s never too soon to start planning.
The map here shows the defined corridor area. You can see the various concepts under consideration, and an evaluation matrix, out on the County’s website. The information contains some interesting little tidbits. (Do you know where the “leaking underground storage tanks” are in YOUR neighborhood? )
The goal of the study is stated as: Identify a safe and efficient corridor alignment option for further planning, preservation, and environmental analysis based on an objective evaluation of alternatives.
The evaluation criteria is as follows:
1. Corridor achieves a direct, continuous route between I-35 and TH 246 that is an attractive
alternative to TH 19 between Northfield and I-35.
2. Design speed of 45 mph or greater can be met in urbanizing areas, 55 mph or greater in
3. Roadway intersection access spacing of 1/4 mile or greater can be achieved.
4. Controlled intersection spacing of 1/2 mile or greater can be achieved.
5. A 150 or greater right-of-way width can be accommodated.
6. Proposed corridor can accommodate a grade-separated crossing of the Union Pacific
7. The length of the roadway is minimized while still meeting other study objectives.
8. Connectivity to north/south existing or future collector roadways can be accommodated.
9. Access and controlled intersection spacing along TH 3 can be planned for consistent with
Mn/DOT’s access spacing guidelines and agreed to by participating agencies.
10. Corridor location could enhance future commuter rail or transit station opportunities.
Since citizens often aren’t aware of formal decisions until after they’re made, I thought it would be helpful if more people knew about this now, rather than in 2015.