Project Need

The proposed TH 169/101st Avenue Interchange would provide a key transportation facility in the northwest metro region of the Twin Cities. This project is vital to northwest Brooklyn Park and the surrounding communities, as the Target Campus and planned developments along the TH 169 & TH 610 corridors in this area are expected to experience significant growth over the next decade.

This project is a critical step in addressing the goals and objectives of the City and its partners through the development of infrastructure improvements that enhance the local and regional transportation systems.

Project Overview

Construction (Phase 4)

Construction is planned to begin in March of 2020 and run through the entire summer and fall season with the interchange open to traffic by November 1, 2020. Final clean up activities will likely extend into spring of 2021. Please refer to the Construction Tab with regular updates to construction activities including planned traffic switches.

Final Design (Phase 3)

The final design phase (Phase 3) was initiated in late 2017 and completed in December, 2019. This phase included completing the Federal environmental review process (including traffic study updates), acquiring right of way, obtaining permits, and preparing final plans for construction. A general layout of the project is included here.

Preliminary Design (Phase 2)

The preliminary design phase was completed in early 2017. A preliminary design layout for Alternative #2 (Folded Diamond Interchange at 101st Avenue) was prepared and additional studies were completed. The State environmental review process also was completed. Key issues addressed in Phase 2 included:

  • Coordination with MnDOT regarding spacing between TH 169/TH 610 and the proposed interchange at 101st Avenue.
  • Increased development being planned in Brooklyn Park. Target expects to expand with an additional 2,000 employees and 500,000 square feet of office and commercial facilities to the Target North Campus. Additional developments are also expected at NorthPark, Gateway, and other underdeveloped properties in this area.
  • Coordination with the Metropolitan Council regarding the planned Bottineau LRT. The Bottineau light rail line will provide opportunities for mixed use, transit-oriented development in the area, particularly in the area northeast of 610/169.
  • Coordination with Three Rivers Park District regarding the Rush Creek Regional Trail. This trail serves as a greenway for northwest Brooklyn Park, and is visited by 350,000 trail users annually.
  • Identification of potential drainage issues.

Interchange Study (Phase 1)

The TH 169/101st Avenue Interchange Study was completed as the first phase of this project in December 2014. The study process included extensive information gathering, development of transportation system alternatives, and alternative analysis and screening. Alternative #2 (Folded Diamond Interchange at 101st Avenue) was identified as the recommended interchange alternative based on the study.

Previous Studies

In 2007, Brooklyn Park completed their Transportation Plan update. The purpose of the plan was to identify existing and future transportation needs, identify the process needed to facilitate development and implement the recommendations provided. The updated plan established a framework to ensure that the transportation system will continue to meet the City’s needs. The plan identified the need for an interchange near 101st Avenue and TH 169 to service expected development in the northwest portion of the city and adjacent areas of neighboring communities.

Three separate studies have been previously completed along TH 169 in Brooklyn Park, which include I-94 to 93rd Avenue; the TH 169, CSAH 81, and 85th Avenue “Triangle”; and 93rd Avenue to 109th Avenue. These studies recommended the construction of grade-separated interchanges along TH 169 at the “Triangle”, 93rd Avenue, and 101st Avenue. Recent construction projects along TH 169 include the Triangle grade-separation at CSAH 81 (2008-2011) and the 93rd Avenue Interchange (2013). The last remaining recommended interchange is at TH 169/101st Avenue.