Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Mississippi River Crossings Feasibility Analysis

Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Dayton, Elk River, Maple Grove, Osseo, Ramsey, Rogers, Otsego and St. Michael

About this study

Mississippi River crossing in the northwest metro between Brooklyn Park and Elk River study location map

Mississippi River crossing study location map.

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MnDOT commissioned the Northwest Metro Mississippi River Crossings Feasibility Analysis to update previously conducted studies, re-engage the cities and counties, and understand the need for increased river crossing capacity. This feasibility analysis is the first step of many required to identify future needs of the area. This current effort will be a fact-based, traffic investigation.

Growth in this region is expected to continue through 2040, causing additional congestion to the roadway network and existing Mississippi River Crossings in this region. The Minnesota Legislature authorized funding for this Northwest Metro River Crossing Feasibility Analysis to allow MnDOT to complete a technical review of the existing crossings, travel patterns and demands, and explore ideas for increasing capacity.

Summary of work

  • Stakeholder engagement and ideas for increasing capacity

Conclusion of this Effort

Once this technical analysis is compete, a final document will detail the findings of the feasibility analysis but not recommend a solution. The next steps for project partners will be identified, and might include further analysis, environmental study, corridor studies and community engagement.

Past efforts

The Metropolitan Council completed the first study of the potential need for a new Mississippi River crossing in 1989. Later studies explored travel demands, possible new river crossing locations and the impact on the environment. All completed with community involvement. No consensus was reached.