Dakota County is working with the cities of Burnsville, Apple Valley and Rosemount to prepare a long-term vision for County Highway 42. The highway is designated a principal arterial, which means it is managed to emphasize efficient and safe travel over long distances. The highway also has dozens of intersections to provide controlled access to residential and commercial areas.
A similar plan for the roadway was last completed in 1999.
The study is looking at 15 miles of County Highway 42, from the county's west border in Burnsville to Highway 52 in Rosemount.
Public input and data collected in the past has identified concerns, including congestion, safety, and accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, and bus transit.
The study will address traffic growth, land uses and future improvements. The goals include finding cost-effective ways to improve mobility and safety for vehicles and pedestrians and to improve connections across County Highway 42.
Study timeline and process
Through June 2020: Share study overview and understand community issues/priorities
July–September 2020: Map details of County Highway 42 characteristics, traffic issues and other needs
October 2020–February 2021: Discuss alternatives to address issues and goals
March–June 2021: Review study findings and set next steps to implement needed projects
Opportunities for public input
Dakota County and the three cities will regularly provide information about the study and welcome your input. While in-person meetings are postponed based on public health guidance, we've prepared information and tools to help you learn about the study and get involved by following the steps below:
For more information
The study team will summarize input received and send updates by email to subscribers. We also look forward to meeting with you online or meeting face-to-face after public health restrictions have been lifted.
Meanwhile, you can:
- Send a message (use the comment link above), or
- Leave a phone message for Dakota County staff at 952-891-7177
Highway 42 background documents
1999 County Highway 42 Corridor Study Executive Summary
2007 County Highway 42 Rosemount (Segment 15) Updated Recommendations