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Highway 252/I-94 Environmental Review

Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis

Roadwork along Hwy 252/I-94

Construction on the Hwy 252/I-94 project in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park will not begin until completion of the environmental review process. Any roadwork you may notice is likely routine maintenance or minor construction work within the project area. MnDOT may also carry out engineering activities such as drilling soil borings or surveying to begin preliminary design of the project.

About this study

Highway 252/I-94 study area map in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis
Hwy 252/I-94 environmental review location map.
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MnDOT, along with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis, are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hwy 252/I-94 project. The project partners will address the purpose and need for the project in the EIS document and develop transportation alternatives. The project partners will evaluate and compare the no build alternative to multiple build alternatives and evaluate their impacts on the natural and manmade environment in the EIS document.

MnDOT and its partners will provide several opportunities for public participation throughout the process, including purpose and need, alternatives development and evaluation, selection of a preferred alternative, and mitigation measures. The EIS process concludes with MnDOT recommending and FHWA approving the Final EIS (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD). 

The decision to change from an Environmental Assessment (EA) to an EIS was due to the magnitude and complexity of the Hwy 252/I-94 project in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and northwest Minneapolis.

Highways under study are:

  1. Hwy 252 between Hwy 610 in Brooklyn Park and I-94/I-694 in Brooklyn Center
  2. I-94 between I-94/I-694 in Brooklyn Center and the 4th St. exit to downtown Minneapolis

The environmental review process will answer the following questions:

  • What is the best way to improve safety and mobility along Hwy 252 and I-94?
  • Where should access to and across Hwy 252 be for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists?
  • What is the best type of access for each location on Hwy 252?
  • If additional capacity is necessary on Hwy 252 or I-94, what is the most effective way to provide it?

Our Office of Traffic Safety maintains a crash database to assist in planning safety programs and projects. That information includes a statewide ranking of the costs of crashes on state highways and at intersections along state highways. Crash rates are based on the number of crashes per million vehicle miles traveled.

Hwy 252 has five intersections in the top 100 Statewide Crash Cost Ranking.

Summary of work

  • Study traffic flows and the crash history in the area
  • Estimate future traffic flows, congestion, travel time reliability and options to improve safety and circulation
  • Develop options for interchanges, overpasses or closures to replace signalized intersections
  • Develop conceptual designs to study in the EIS
  • Seek feedback from residents, business owners and commuters
  • Identify how to fund the improvements