Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 13

Savage, Burnsville

Corridor background

The Hwy 13 corridor in Savage and Burnsville has been studied several times during the past two decades. Different visions for the corridor have emerged from these studies, including a full freeway and expressway, lane expansions from four to six lanes in some areas, grade separation at selected locations and other lower-cost—high-benefit—at-grade improvements. While some previous study recommendations have been constructed and/or planned for, a broadly supported ultimate vision for Hwy 13 is still lacking.

The demands on Hwy 13 are due to its function as the primary east-west connection between Hwy 169 and I-35W south of the Minnesota River. In addition, efficient freight access from Hwy 13 to the Ports of Savage and local industrial companies serving the Twin Cities metro area is critical for statewide economic success. The corridor also functions as the gateway to both the cities of Savage and Burnsville.

More information about:
Hwy 13 previous studies and improvements map

Hwy 13 previous studies and improvements map.

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Previous studies and improvements:

  • 2000: Hwy 13 corridor study
  • 2007: South frontage road construction
  • 2012: Quentin/Lynn Avenues construction and Hwy 13/101 interchange construction
  • 2013: Hwy 13 corridor study update
  • 2014: Hwy 13/Hwy 5 interchange construction
  • 2016: Hwy 13 mill and overlay and Dakota Ave. acceleration lanes
  • 2017: Dakota/Yosemite design study

Existing congestion

On average, 54,000 vehicles and trucks travel Hwy 13 daily. Hwy 13 has significant delays due to congestion at rush hour, particularly at signalized intersections and existing interchanges.

Morning rush-hour delays around Hwy 13
  • Congestion on NB Hwy 169 causes delays on WB Hwy 13
  • Delays on WB Hwy 13 near Nicollet Ave.
  • Delays on Nicollet Ave. near Hwy 13
  • Delays on EB Hwy 13 between Quentin Ave. and Lynn Ave.
  • Congestion on NB I-35W causes delays on Hwy 13 in both directions
Afternoon rush-hour delays around Hwy 13
  • Delays on EB Hwy 13 near Quentin Ave. and Lynn Ave.
  • Delays on WB Hwy 13 near Washburn Ave.
  • WB Hwy 13 traffic at I-35W backs up to Nicollet Ave.

Safety issues

During a 2014-2018 study, six intersections and three road segments on Hwy 13 had above average crash rates:

  • Hwy 13 between I-35W and Nicollet Ave.
  • Lynn Ave.
  • Chowen Ave.
  • Washburn Ave.
  • Nicollet Ave.
  • Yosemite Ave.
  • Dakota Ave.

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety

Congestion on Hwy 13 affects pedestrian and bicycle movement and safety

Nicollet Ave. area
  • Pedestrian crossing demands are high
  • Long wait times to cross Hwy 13 leads to frustration and risk-taking behaviors
Savage area
  • Pedestrians cross at undesignated locations

Freight/Truck drivers

  • Freight traffic is high: 5,000 trucks travel Hwy 13 each day, accounting for 8% of daily traffic (nearly twice the percentage of trucks on average metro highways)
  • Truck drivers do not have an alternate route
  • Heavy trucks have slower acceleration, which increases delays and bottlenecks
  • Truck drivers often use a single turn lane as a dual-lane turn lane
  • Congestion on Hwy 13 reduces economic competitiveness for businesses locally and statewide

Sensitive natural and cultural resources

Multiple natural and cultural resources exist near Hwy 13 including: