Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Corridor Study

Crookston

Purpose of Study

The City of Crookston is conducting a corridor study to evaluate pedestrian safety improvements that can be made along Highway 2 in Crookston. The study will also examine the future transportation and mobility needs to develop a long-term vision for the corridor. The primary goal is to create a corridor that:

  • Improves safety for motorists and pedestrians
  • Improves mobility
  • Improves freight movement
  • Manages access
  • Aligns with the City’s development goals.

A key focus in accomplishing these goals is determining Highway 2 access management options for key intersections at Sixth Street and Robert Street.

Highway 2 in Crookston map showing the project limits
Crookston Hwy 2 corridor study project area

Where is the study now?

The study team held a final meeting with the Community Review Panel on July 12 to gather consensus on a preferred corridor alternative. The panel recommended Alternative A as the preferred option for Main Street and Broadway which includes:

  • two one-way travel lanes
  • parking lanes on both sides
  • boulevard spacing with sidewalks on both sides
  • bike trail on one side

This option reduces the width of the roadway from 56 feet to 40 feet and reallocates that space to non-motorized users. More details on the preferred alternative can be found below.

What's next?

The results of the Corridor study, along with the preferred alternative recommendation from the Community Review Panel, will be presented to the city council on Sept. 12.

The year-long Highway 2 Corridor Study began in Sept. 2021. Along the way the study team worked closely with the community in order to develop a collaborative vision for the highway that will help downtown Crookston thrive into the next 30 years. It included:

  • four meetings with the Community Review Panel
  • two public open houses
  • two city council meetings
  • an online survey

The full corridor study soon. MnDOT and the City will then transition into the design phase of the project, which will take a couple years. Construction is anticipated to occur in 2027.

How to Participate

Visit the Public Involvement page to review materials from the Open House and learn all of the ways to share your insights and take part in the study.

Community Review Panel

MnDOT is partnering with the City of Crookston to help identify the current issues and create a local vision for the corridor. A Community Review Panel will help City of Crookston ensure that community values are represented in the development and evaluation of project alternatives, while fostering conversations within the community. Visit the Public Involvement page to learn more.

Partnership

MnDOT and its partners have committed to work with the Crookston community to ensure that the community’s concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed as part of the Highway 2 Study and to provide feedback on how the community influenced recommendations and decisions.

Schedule

Infographic explaing the corridor study timeline.
This infographic shows the tentative schedule for the corridor study. The study is expected to last through the summer of 2022.