The primary function of County Road 42 is to accommodate the movement of through traffic (traffic using County Road 42 to get to destinations outside of the corridor). However, the high level of commercial development along the corridor has generated large traffic volumes that have raised concerns regarding travel speeds, intersection delays, and motorist safety.
Dakota County, in cooperation with Scott County, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Metropolitan Council, and the cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage, and Shakopee, commissioned a study of County Road 42 from near Hastings to Shakopee in June 1997. The study purpose was to develop an overall blueprint to guide future planning for roadway improvements along the County Road 42 corridor from Hastings to Shakopee.
The updated recommendations for Segment 15 were adopted by the County Board.