TH 246 Corridor Study - Division Street / Woodley Street


The City of Northfield is conducting a study of Highway 246 (TH 246) from Highway 3 to County Highway 1 to determine the future vision for the corridor. Findings from this study could potentially support a future turnback of authority from MnDOT to the city.

The project consists of about 2 miles of urban and rural road sections. The purpose of this scoping study is to improve the safety and mobility along the corridor with an emphasis on pedestrian and bicyclist needs. The results of this study will align with the current plans adopted by Northfield, most notably the Complete Streets Policy and Pedestrian, Bike, and Trail System Plan.

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Study goals

  • Integrating past planning and analysis efforts into the vision for TH 246.
  • Ensuring the pedestrian and bicycle facilities provided meet the needs of the area and nearby schools to tie into the overall city and regional network.
  • Determining future corridor needs to accommodate future growth and development and adjusting the vision accordingly.
  • Engaging the public and stakeholders to understand their issues and needs and to provide these groups with opportunities to influence the vision.
  • Summarizing the study process and findings in a final report that can be used as a guide for future conversations related to turnback potential.

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Upcoming meetings

Online Input - June - July 2023

Materials will be provided online to introduce the project and ask for public input on existing roadway conditions.

Open House # 1 - September 2023

This meeting will share alternate design options and gather public feedback on the design they prefer and changes to be made to the design.

Open House # 2 - November 2023

This meeting will share the final design and plans and implementation.

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  1. Dave Bennett, public works director and city engineer

    David Bennett

    Public Works Director and City Engineer

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