Lexington Avenue (CSAH 17) & Broadway Avenue (CSAH 18) Intersection Improvement Project

Project Background / Description
CSAH 17 is a north/south two-lane undivided rural roadway and CSAH 18 is an east/west two-lane rural roadway. Both CSAH 17 and CSAH 18 are A-Minor expanders. Average daily traffic volumes on CSAH 17 are approximately 5,500 south of CSAH 18 and approximately 2,800 north of CSAH 18. Average daily traffic on CSAH 18 in this area is approximately 5,000. The existing T-intersection configuration includes westbound right and left turn lanes on CSAH 18, and northbound right turn and southbound bypass lanes on CSAH 17. 

Between January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2014, this intersection experienced six accidents, with five resulting in injuries. These accidents occurred between southbound-through traffic and left turning vehicles, or right angle crashes between northbound-through traffic and westbound turning traffic.


 Below is an overview of the project schedule identifying key milestones in the process:

 * Develop Geometric Layout - Summer 2017
 * Preliminary Design - Fall 2017
 * Open House - February 2018
 * Final Design - Spring/Summer 2018

 * Construction - Spring 2019

Public Involvement/Meetings 
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (i.e., Mn/DNR, MnDOT, Watershed Districts, etc.) to residents and property owners living or working along or near the roadway have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The County recognizes that these interests vary in perspective. The County will use information provided by various stakeholders when making decisions on final improvements. There are a number of activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:

* Technical Advisory Committee Meetings (technical staff from the County and City)
* Agency Coordination Meetings (technical staff from local, regional, state and federal agencies)
* Presentations at City Council Meetings (Ham Lake)
* Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)

These activities will be scheduled throughout the project's development. More information regarding the various activities is included below.

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
Anoka County assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the TAC include staff from Anoka County and the City of Ham Lake, and the consultant conducting the environmental study for this project. The TAC meets monthly to discuss various aspects of this project. The TAC members exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders. The TAC members report information to their various councils and/or boards and provide directives for action during the project's development.

Agency Coordination Meetings
Throughout the project development process, various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project development to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies or design improvements necessary to reach a consensus.

Presentations at Council Meetings
Anoka County Staff will present project information at city council meetings and/or workshops to educate and solicit input from elected officials about the proposed project.

Public Information Meetings
Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at a Public Information Meeting that will be held in 2017. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of the upcoming meeting by mailing out individual meeting notices to property owners and residents within a half mile of the corridor. In addition, this website will also contain announcements of the meeting. The meeting will be an open house style format where County and City staff will interact with the public, answering questions and providing information as they look at various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards will be provided to the public to use for written comments and can be completed either at the meeting or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meeting will be reviewed by staff.

Open House - February 1, 2018 (PDF)

Current Layout (PDF)


Project Contacts
If you have any questions about the proposed project or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact any of the representatives below:

Elizabeth Markose, Project Engineer
763-324-3116; Email Elizabeth Markose

Joe MacPherson, Assistant County Engineer
763-324-3199; Email Joe MacPherson