The preliminary design study will enable the City of Chanhassen and Carver County to determine the scope and estimated cost of the improvements, and allow the City and County to begin to develop a proposed funding plan for the project. The study will also help the City better plan for future development along the corridor.
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The roadway is currently in poor condition and needs to be upgraded to current design standards including the installation of curb and gutter and a storm sewer system.
No additional thru traffic lanes are proposed north of West 78th Street. Additional turn lanes may be added at some intersections and the study is also investigating other potential intersection improvements including roundabouts and enhanced pedestrian crossings. Paved shoulders are also being considered.
The current speed limit between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road is 45 MPH. The speed limit north of Lake Lucy Road is 40 MPH. The study will evaluate if the speed limits can be lowered.
Carver County is the City's partner on this project. For more information, including design plans, please visit the Carver County Highway 117 Project website.
Construction is currently scheduled for 2022.
Yes, trail improvements are included as a part of this study. It is anticipated that the project will include trails along both sides of Galpin Boulevard between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road. The preliminary design study will further investigate possible sidewalk and trail improvements north of Lake Lucy Road.
No assessments to property owners are proposed. Funding for the project will come from County and City funds. City funds will primarily come from the Municipal State Aid fund that the City receives from the State of Minnesota gas tax proceeds. This section of Galpin Boulevard is currently owned and operated by Carver County. Once Galpin Boulevard is reconstructed, the roadway will be turned over to the City for operations and maintenance.
You will have access (i.e. you can access your driveway) for a majority of the project. Detours and side street closures may be necessary. For properties that have direct access to Galpin Boulevard, the only time you will not have direct access is when utilities are being constructed in front of your home or when new curb and gutter is being cured (typically 3 days).