NEWSBRIEF: County Board approves agreements to oversee Highway 36/Hadley interchange

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a number of agreements Jan. 8 that will oversee the improvements planned for the Highway 36 and Hadley Avenue interchange in Oakdale.

The agreements are between the county, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the City of Oakdale.

Washington County was awarded federal and state funds to lead the development and construction of a grade-separated interchange at the intersection. The project includes a grade-separated tunnel for the Gateway Trail at Hadley Avenue, which is being funded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through federal and state funds.

The agreement sets out the funding reimbursement and long-term maintenance for the project.

The City of Oakdale was expected to execute the agreement at its Jan. 8 City Council meeting.

The intersection carries 42,400 vehicles per day, a rate that is expected to grow to 52,300 vehicles per day in 2040. The crash rate and severity at the intersection is double of other intersections in the metropolitan area.

The $32.2 million project is scheduled to begin construction this year. The revenue expected to pay for the project is: $15.3 million from federal and state grants; $3.7 million from the City of Oakdale; $4.3 million from county bond funds;  $5.04 million from county highway state aid; $2.51 million in land donated from the Mills Group;  and $1.3 million from the Department of Natural Resources for work on the Gateway Trail.

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