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Blake Road Corridor Study

The City of Hopkins is leading a corridor study for Blake Road/Aquila Avenue to plan for changing transportation needs due to the construction of the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) line. The study area extends from 36th Street in St. Louis Park to Interlachen Boulevard in Edina. The study is being completed in partnership with the Cities of Edina and St. Louis Park, Three Rivers Park District, Hennepin County, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the Southwest LRT Project Office, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The study is intended to address infrastructure needs in order to:

  • Provide better transportation accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists and bus transit
  • Provide better connections and access to the planned light rail station at Blake Road and 2nd Street for all modes
  • Provide better connections and access to adjacent neighborhoods, commercial nodes and recreational facilities
  • Provide the necessary transportation infrastructure to support redevelopment in and near the corridor that will enhance  economic growth, community connectivity, and residential diversity

The study is guided by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with representatives from each of the partner agencies listed above.

Schedule and Scope

The Blake Road Corridor Study began in March 2014 and is anticipated to be completed by February 2015. The scope of the study includes the following:

  • Spring 2014:
    • Data collection: traffic, safety, trails, planned improvements, previous studies
    • Analyze future traffic conditions
    • Develop corridor goals and objectives
  • Summer 2014:
    • Develop and evaluate alternatives for improvements to the corridor
      Attend City Council work sessions/meetings
      • Open House 1: June 25 (collect input on needs, issues, etc.)
      • Open House 2: August/September (present and collect input on alternatives)
  • Fall 2014:
    • Select a preferred alternative
    • Develop an implementation plan: costs, timing and funding sources
    • Provide update to City Councils
      • Open House 3: November/December (present preferred alternative)
  • Winter 2014/2015:
    • Finalize implementation plan
    • Prepare final report

Goals and Objectives

The project team has developed goals and objectives to guide the study. These will be the basis for developing and evaluating potential alternatives. The following goals and objectives have been drafted by the TAC:

Goals

  • Facilitate access to future Southwest LRT Blake Road station for residents/workers in Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Edina
  • Create a corridor that is comfortable, safe, and functional for all modes: pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicles, freight, and transit
  • Facilitate redevelopment and support a vibrant corridor
  • Enhance natural resources adjacent to the corridor
  • Improve access to and connectivity across TH 7
  • Improve connections between the corridor and adjacent neighborhoods, parks, and trails

Goals

  • Conduct technical analyses of existing and future corridor issues and needs, including:
    • Traffic operations
    • Safety for all modes
    • Business access locations
    • Bicycle facilities
    • Sidewalks
    • Pedestrian and bicycle crossings
    • Connectivity to the future Southwest LRT Blake Road station
    • Connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods, parks, and trails
  • Generate and evaluate alternative concepts that address established goals for the corridor
  • Develop an implementation plan that coordinates improvements with other projects
  • Involve stakeholders in the planning process to obtain community and agency agreement and to ensure that study recommendations reflect the needs and desires of residents in the corridor
  • Identify grant programs to support implementation of study recommendations
  • Develop roadway improvement concepts in time to apply for grants

Contacts

  • City Engineer

    952-548-6356