Highway 61 is the gateway to White Bear Lake and its historic downtown. It is a significant transportation corridor for the region and splits the downtown. With an average daily traffic volume of more than 20,000 vehicles per day, it exposes a multitude of users to the city daily. The highway was showing its wear and was slated for a major overlay project by MnDOT. With a lack of identity and inadequate pedestrian amenities, this major vehicular transportation corridor also served as an impediment to the community in its current state.
Rather than just a standard overlay project, Bolton & Menk worked with city staff, MnDOT, and the community to develop a culturally significant corridor with enhanced pedestrian facilities, traffic calming measures, and a brand identity for White Bear Lake. The project improved safety and access for all modes of transportation, created a gateway for the community, and minimized impacts to the local community during construction.