282 Creek Lane Roundabout
The City of Jordan has field numerous safety and congestion concerns from residents regarding the intersection of Creek Lane & Highway 282, dating back to at least 2006. Most notably, area residents have struggled with the northbound Creek Lane left turning movement onto Highway 282. The significant delays have caused motorists to make poor choices at times, picking gaps in 282 traffic that are insufficient. This has resulted in a crash problem and safety concerns at the intersection.
In 2016 following years of dealing with the documented crash history, the City approached MnDOT to have a traffic signal installed. The intersection does not meet warrants for a traffic signal however, and its installation would actually create more total delay at the intersection and was predicted by engineering professionals to have a heighted crash problem over existing conditions. As a result, MnDOT that a signal would not be allowed to be installed, but a roundabout would be supported.
In 2017 through 2019, the City of Jordan applied for several grants to fund a roundabout at the intersection. The City has successfully received the following competitive grants to address this intersection:
- $125,000 Corridor Readiness grant from the Scott County CDA (2018)
- $1,000,000 Local Road Improvement Program Grant from the State of Minnesota (2018)
- $710,000 Cooperative Agreement Program Grant from the State of Minnesota (2019)
The City’s success in securing these competitive grants coupled with Municipal State Aid Construction funds will fully fund the project. As a result, no city tax funding or enterprise funds will need to be used to correct this long-standing problem.
The City is coordinating with MnDOT on implementation of the project in cooperation with their TH 21 Bridge Replacement project scheduled for 2020. The Creek Lane roundabout is scheduled to be installed in 2021 after the TH 21 Bridge project completion.
The roundabout will be constructed during the summer of 2021. The project features the following significant improvements:
- A single lane roundabout will be built at the intersection of Creek Lane & Highway 282 to replace the existing two-way stop intersection.
- The Highway 282 pavement will be reconstructed between Sand Creek. This pavement was already in need of replacement and will be reconfigured to align with the new roundabout.
- Creek Lane between Highway 282 and Highway 169 will be reconstructed. This pavement was also already in need of replacement and will be reconfigured to align with both the new roundabout at Highway 282 and made compatible the future interchange planned along 169. Creek Lane will therefore be widened to three lanes, with the center being a continuous left turn lane for improved access to businesses now and continuing in the future.
- Drainage and other utility improvements
MnDOT Roundabout Brochure: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/roundabouts/pdfs/roundaboutbrochure2017.pdf
Roundabouts have a higher vehicle capacity, meaning they allow more cars to move through an intersection than other traffic control measures. Their benefits are limited to this convenience though, they are also a significant safety improvement. MnDOT has documented the following general statistics for roundabouts:
- An 86% reduction in the fatal crash rate at intersections where roundabouts have been installed. This includes all roundabout types (Single Lane, Unbalanced, and full Dual Lane Roundabouts).
- An 83% reduction in the serious injury crash rate at intersections where roundabouts have been installed.
- A 69% reduction in the Right Angle crash rate at intersections where Single Lane Roundabout have been installed.
- An 83% reduction in the Left Turning crash rate at intersections where Single Lane Roundabout have been installed.
- A 61% reduction in the injury crash rate at intersections where Single Lane Roundabout have been installed.
- A 42% overall reduction in the injury crash rate at intersections with all types of roundabouts.
Project Status, Schedule, Updates
The project is currently in the design phase. Construction will be completed in a staged/phased manner during the summer of 2021. Access to businesses will be maintained during construction.
Mike Waltman, of Bolton & Menk is the Jordan City Engineer and Project Manager. He can be reached at (952) 890-0509 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates on the construction process will be posted here during the summer of 2021. During the weeks of heaviest construction, updates will be provided on a weekly basis to provide a status on improvements recently completed and what to expect in the coming weeks.