College Drive reconstruction named project of the year
The College Drive Reconstruction project was named municipal project of the year for 2013 by City Engineers Association of Minnesota.
About the project: Brainerd had significant traffic congestion on its major east-west corridors due to recent development in Brainerd and Baxter. College Drive is one of the area’s three east-west river crossings. Traffic on this congested roadway was expected to increase during the next 20 years to 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles per day. A transportation corridor was needed that would provide additional capacity, improve intersection characteristics, accommodate non-motorized modes of transportation, and increase the corridor’s aesthetic appeal.
This $6.5 million, 1.1-mile project involved reconstructing College Drive from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway in Brainerd and Baxter. Three roundabouts, two traffic signals, drainage, large block retaining walls, and extensive sidewalk and trail improvements with a connection to the Cuyuna Lakes Trail were included. One major benefit of the project is improved and safer access for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists to Central Lakes College, Brainerd High School, and the single- and multi-family residential uses along the corridor, WSB & Associates reported.
This project represented a multi-jurisdictional partnership between Crow Wing County, the city of Brainerd, the city of Baxter, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.