TH 25 through downtown Buffalo carries over 13,000 vehicles per day and was plagued with a high crash rate. Pedestrians and bicyclists were greatly underserved with inadequate sidewalks. The pavement and utilities were in poor condition and there were significant traffic delays.
An extensive public outreach campaign was developed and executed by the project team and stakeholders to educate businesses on construction. Key elements of the complete reconstruction included a roundabout, narrower traffic lanes to accommodate the addition of a continuous two-way left turn lane, wider sidewalks, LED street lighting, addition of a 16-inch trunk watermain, two traffic signals, and signal interconnection. The Settlers Parkway portion of the project included construction of a new roadway on the south side of Buffalo connecting TH 25 and TH 55, providing a critical connection between the regional roadways and resulting in reduced congestion.
The project design dramatically improves the quality of life for the community by transitioning TH 25 from a highway running through a downtown, to a multimodal corridor where pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles all have their own spaces.
American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota – 2016 Honor Award
Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association – 2016 Project of the Year Honorable Mention