City of Brainerd and Crow Wing County, Minnesota
The NW 4th Street (CSAH 20) corridor serves an important role in providing access and connectivity to local routes traveling to/from West Brainerd as well as regional trips traveling north of the Mississippi River from TH 210. Elevated traffic delays, high crash rates, lack of pedestrian facilities, and other issues exist within the corridor and will only get worse as traffic is projected to increase.
Bolton & Menk defined the issues, needs, and potential opportunities, established a vision and goals, developed and evaluated multimodal improvement alternatives, assembled cost estimates, and identified funding opportunities to implement the needed improvements. A recommended alternative was agreed upon by project partners that remedies many concerns plaguing the corridor. The proposed improvements will improve driver and pedestrian safety, significantly reduce corridor delays, and establish an economically viable solution to implement in the near-term.
The recommended alternative and associated documentation allowed the city to submit for funding through the Outstate HSIP and LRIP solicitations. If awarded, the city and county will have a near fully-funded project that could be constructed within the next few years.