The City of Chaska’s vision is to revitalize downtown as the hub of community destinations and gathering places that reflect and celebrate its historic character, traditional small-town atmosphere, and values. Carver County and MnDOT both had improvement projects planned on TH 41 and CSAH 61 in downtown Chaska. To plan for these upcoming construction projects, the City of Chaska, Carver County, and MnDOT joined with Bolton & Menk to identify a future downtown transportation vision that could be supported by all agencies.
Project challenges included constrained rights-of-way, historic properties, sensitive wetland complexes, competing interests of property access and economic development goals, and safety and mobility goals. We developed an implementation plan that balances the regional function of the roadways with the city’s desire to enhance the downtown environment for all road users and businesses.
The success of this project is rooted in the strong partnerships, flexible design, and a collaborative approach that allowed each agency time to understand and vet potential improvements, consider the compromises, and test multiple options. The result is a truly unique and supported vision for TH 41 and CSAH 61 in downtown Chaska.
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter – 2017 Partnerships in Planning Award