Dakota County is conducting a pedestrian crossing assessment focused on side street stops and mid-block crossings of county roadways. The project will define best practices for review of crossings and treatments based on roadway conditions.
The project will review several crossing locations which represent a variety of conditions. The assessment will develop guidance for pedestrian crossings to improve safety throughout Dakota County.
The assessment will take place July through fall 2021. A final report summarizing the process, including recommendations for the study locations, will be prepared following the review process.
Map of Intersection Crossings to be Reviewed
Crossing improvements and evaluation process
Dakota County, working with cities and our consulting team, developed recommendations for improvements at each location.
These improvements were developed based on federal and state guidance and will be installed to evaluate their effectiveness in improving pedestrian safety.
In some instances, the construction for these improvements will be temporary. This approach is the most efficient, cost-effective way to complete evaluation and adjust as necessary. Following installation, county staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the improvement. Evaluation of the improvements will take 3–4 weeks.
Temporary improvements will be removed following the evaluation period. If the enhancement is proven to be beneficial a plan to permanently construct or install the improvement will be developed through the county's Capital Improvement Program.
For areas requiring more permanent construction work, this work will take place in 2022 or 2023, depending on work required. If the enhancement is not providing benefit as expected, more review and recommendations will be made.
You can help us by taking our survey to let us know about your crossing experience. Your feedback will give us the best information possible about the value of these improvements.
Proposed intersections improvements
Pedestrian Crossing Map
|Wentworth Avenue, County Road 8 and Humboldt Avenue ||West St. Paul||Installed||
Wentworth Avenue Information Sheet|
|Southview Boulevard, County Road 14 and 12th Avenue||South St. Paul||Installed||
Southview Boulevard Information Sheet|
|Concord Boulevard, County Road 56 and 75th Street||Inver Grove Heights||Week of Nov. 6||Concord Boulevard Information Sheet|
|Lexington Avenue, County Road 43 south of Northview Park Road||Eagan||Not applicable||Based on level of potential construction, interim improvements are not recommended as part of this assessment. Recommendation for this location will be summarized in the assessment report.|
Pilot Knob Road, County Road 31 and Thomas Lake Park, High Line Trail
|Eagan ||Not applicable||No interim action is proposed. Other similar locations statewide are being evaluated to help assess this location.|
|Dodd Boulevard, County Road 9 and the Lake Marion Greenway Trail (south of 207th street)||Lakeville ||Installed||
Dodd Boulevard Information Sheet|
|County Road 42, Nininger Road – crossing between Madison Street and Pleasant Drive||Hastings||Not applicable||Review determined a preliminary engineering assessment for the larger area from Riverdale Drive to Pine Street would be the most applicable approach, study is listed in the Dakota County Capital Improvement Program for 2022|
The following links are resources regarding best practices for people crossing roadways as well as information about pedestrian crossing safety.
Minnesota state law:
Multiple threat situation
The multiple vehicle threat occurs for people crossing a roadway with two or more lanes going in the same directions. A vehicle in one lane stops for a person walking, rolling, or bicycling, and another vehicle approaching the crosswalk in the other lane. There is significant risk of a crash when the person crossing emerges in front of “Car B" after crossing in front of “Car A" as shown. This type of crash occurs because of both the person crossing and driving are unable to see one another.