What we heard
In the first phase, community members were asked about their experiences traveling along and across the highway. Over 1,000 postcards were sent to the surrounding area.
Community input was gathered by:
- Open house
- Online survey
- Online comment map
- Door-to-door canvassing
Initial themes include:
- Reduce traffic speeds
- Improve pedestrian crossings
- Improve traffic flow
- Improve sidewalks
- Improve aesthetics
How we’re using feedback
Using the community feedback and technical expertise, we’ve developed criteria to evaluate concepts and alternatives. The criteria are grouped in three major and one minor category.
Thank you for sharing your feedback, the survey for these design concepts is now closed.
- Pedestrian/bike facilities – number of signed and controlled crossings
- Intersection safety – angle and rear end crashes
- Corridor safety – sideswipe and single vehicle crashes and potential for speed reduction
- Access density – meets MnDOT access spacing standards for public and business access
- Hwy 61 operations – evaluate expected operational performance of the Hwy 61 corridor
- Local network operations – assess impacts to the local (County and City) street network including community destinations, route continuity, and long-term system plans
- Truck/freight mobility – evaluate truck turning movements, space for stacking at intersections, operations in Hastings (including business access)
Community identity/economic development
- Access to businesses/neighborhoods – impacts to business access locations or change from current “practice” in the community
- Aesthetics/placemaking – assess corridor identity opportunities or enable an environment consistent with community interests/visions
- Stormwater – ability to manage stormwater and drainage including ability to be resilient over many years
- Historic resources – assess potential impacts to historic resources such as buildings, walls, or other landmark features in the corridor
- Community cohesion/consistency with previous plans – evaluate changes to mobility across Hastings and consistency with previous plan recommendations
- Equity – evaluate ability to address transportation-related needs for all people
- Cost (benefit-cost) – assess the benefits of an alternative versus the estimated costs
- ROW – right-of-way impacts and effects
- Maintenance/sustainability/resilience – assess long-term maintenance needs and ability to limit significant future construction costs
- Constructability/staging – assess how well an alternative enables construction, staging, and contractor access. Also assess potential detour routes and ability to replace utilities.
How we evaluate alternatives
We will evaluate an alternative relative to the existing condition, often called the No Build Alternative. This evaluates the change, benefit, or impact, of an alternative and how it compares to the current design.