Broadway Avenue (CSAH 18) Potomac Street to Kettle River Blvd Shoulder & Turn Lane Construction

CSAH 18 (Broadway Avenue) serves as a critical east-west arterial, connecting locations within Anoka County to Interstate 35 and cities beyond.

In 2016, Anoka County applied for Federal Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) funding of the section of CSAH 18 (Broadway Avenue) between CR 19 (Potomac Street) and CR 62 (Kettle River Boulevard) in the City of Columbus. The improvements to this section of Broadway Avenue are geared towards improving the safe and efficient movement of vehicles traveling from I-35W and cities east into Anoka County.  

Currently, this segment of Broadway Avenue averages approximately 6,000 vehicles per day and provides a critical connection into Anoka County for cities to the east. The addition of shoulders to this section of CSAH 18 will provide pavement support, width for wider vehicles and collision avoidance, and a place for bicycle traffic. Additionally, bypass lanes and dedicated right turn lanes for adjacent City Streets will be constructed where practical. Separating turning vehicles into turn lanes and providing bypass lanes will make travel along this route more efficient and decrease the risk for rear end collisions.  

Project Background / Description 
CSAH 18 (Broadway Avenue) is an east/west two-lane undivided rural roadway with no shoulders and limited right turn lanes. Broadway Avenue is a 55 M.P.H. A-Minor Arterial expander. The average annual daily traffic volume on CSAH 18 is approximately 6,000 vehicles per day.

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

  • Preliminary Design – Winter / Spring 2018
  • Open House – Spring 2018
  • Final Design – Summer 2018
  • Construction – Winter 2018 - Summer 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 (City of Columbus)
  • 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 Columbus, and the various consultants that gather information essential to the design. 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 the Spring of 2018. 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.

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

Nicholas Dobda, Senior Engineer
763-324-3118; Email Nicholas Dobda 

Jason Orcutt, Design Engineering Supervisor
763-324-3115; Email Jason Orcutt