Dakota County is working with the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, and, Lakeville and Empire Township to evaluate safety concerns at County Road 46 (160th Street) and County Road 33 (Diamond Path) intersection. Potential options include access changes at the intersection, additional U-turn opportunities along County Road 46, and other traffic control options.
County Road 46 is a divided four-lane road that runs east-west. The westbound approach has two through lanes, one dedicated left turn lane, and one dedicated right turn lane. The eastbound approach has two through lanes, a dedicated left turn lane and one dedicated right turn lane. In 2007, an average of 19,700 vehicles used County Road 46 between Shannon Parkway and Diamond Path. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour.
County Road 33 has two lanes. The southbound approach has a shared through/left turn lane and a dedicated right turn lane. The northbound approach has a through lane. In 2007, it averaged 3,150 vehicles per day. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.
This intersection is subject to resident concerns because of traffic volumes and travel speeds on County Road 46, the presence of a new elementary school, residents' desire to access County Road 46, and new area development to the south.
- Fall 2021–spring 2022: Alternatives Analysis, Public Engagement, Preliminary Design
- Summer 2022: Final Design and Public Engagement
- Spring 2023: Construction
Matthew Parent, project manager
Kristi Sebastian, county traffic engineer