Highway 101 (Pioneer Trail to CSAH 61) Improvements


The City of Chanhassen, in cooperation with MnDOT and Carver County, is completing preliminary design and environmental review for Highway 101 from Pioneer Trail (CSAH 14) to Flying Cloud Drive (CSAH 61). Planning for improvements to Highway 101 between CSAH 14 and CSAH 61 is necessary to determine a proposed layout for the remaining section of roadway between Highway 212 and the Minnesota River. The preliminary design and environmental review process for this section of Highway 101 must address numerous constraints including steep grades/challenging topography, poor sight distances and blind intersections, and limited right-of-way.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

As the designated Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), the City of Chanhassen has prepared a state environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for the proposed TH 101 Improvements project from CSAH 14 (Pioneer Trail) to CSAH 61 (Flying Cloud Drive). The purpose of the project is to improve traffic safety, capacity, and connectivity issues on TH 101 between Pioneer Trail and Flying Cloud Drive, which involves realigning and reconstructing 1.2 miles of TH 101 from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with turn lanes at key intersections. A paved multi-use trail is proposed along both sides of TH 101 from Pioneer Trail to Creekwood Drive and along the east side only from Creekwood Drive to Flying Cloud Drive. An EAW has been prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. The EAW can be accessed electronically at the link below (titled Environmental Assessment Worksheet). Paper copies will also be available at the Chanhassen Public Library and Hennepin County Library (Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall). Written comments on the EAW will be accepted from August 3, 2015 through September 3, 2015 and should be directed to Paul Oehme at the City of Chanhassen.

Project Schedule

Project Phase
Begin Preliminary Design
November, 2014
Begin Environmental Review January, 2015
Public Open House Meeting February, 2015
Preliminary Design Complete
July, 2015
Environmental Review Complete September, 2015
Official Mapping Public Hearing November 23, 2015
Final Design & Construction TBD (Funding for Final Design & Construction Not Yet Secured