Carver County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in partnership with the Cities of Chaska, Chanhassen and Carver, worked together to identify transportation system improvements on Highway 61 and Highway 41. These corridors serve important roles in connecting the southwest metro area and providing access and connectivity within the local communities they serve to move pedestrians, automobiles, transit, and freight users alike.
The long term corridor improvements will reflect the transportation needs of the region and the local communities they serve. Efforts for the study included:
- Establishing the goals and objectives for the corridors
- Defining the issues and potential opportunities along the corridors
- Developing and evaluating potential infrastructure improvement alternatives
- Reaching consensus on recommendations
- Developing a long term implementation plan
In addition to long term improvements, some construction projects were defined by this effort: (See map below)
- Reconstruction of County Highway 61, from County Road 140 to Highway 41 (completed in spring 2018)
- Highway 41 improvements from the Minnesota River to County Highway 61 (final design in 2021-2022; construction tentatively scheduled for 2022-2023)
- Reconstruction of Highway 61 , from Highway 41 to Fire Lane slated for completion in the next 10 years.