In 2009-2010, Dakota County worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Metropolitan Council, the Federal Highway Administration, and the cities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights and Sunfish Lake to conduct a transportation system study in northern Dakota County.
One of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts on the I‐494/I-694 beltway exists today in northeast Eagan and northwest Inver Grove Heights, comprising about 4,300 acres of planned development. Development of this area will generate an estimated 140,000 additional daily trips, including the nearly 200-acre mixed use development associated with the Minnesota Vikings site. Anticipated growth in Dakota County beyond the immediate study area will also add demand on existing area roadways.
The recommendations of the study identify changes to handle future growth currently planned in Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, and surrounding communities.
A number of roadway system improvement scenarios were developed and evaluated. The end result was a long-term vision for roadway improvements, including new roadway connections, lane additions to existing roadways, and system interchange needs. This study did not identify construction timetables or identify a specific funding plan for improvements.
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Transportation Program Engineer
Regional Roadway System Visioning Study
Frequently Asked Questions
Mendota Heights City Council Resolution (July 6, 2010)
Sunfish Lake City Council Resolution (July 6, 2010)
Inver Grove Heights City Council Resolution (July 12, 2010)
Eagan City Council Resolution (July 20, 2010)
Dakota County Board of Commissioners Resolution (Aug. 10, 2010)
Planned and current projects resulting from this study
County Road 26, Eagan & Inver Grove Heights
Viking Lakes traffic updates
Physical Development Committee - Feb. 13, 2018