Hwy 41 Roadway Expansion (US 212 to Pioneer Trail)
To improve Trunk Highway (TH) 41, from US 212 to north of Pioneer Trail (CSAH 14), a distance of 0.9 miles. TH 41 is a minor arterial roadway linking TH 169 south of the Minnesota River, over the Minnesota River through downtown Chaska, to US 212, TH 5, and TH 7. When the US 212 freeway was constructed, TH 41 was expanded to a 4-lane roadway in the vicinity of the interchange. TH 41 is a 2-lane roadway north of US 212.
Cooperating agencies involved with project development include the Carver County, City of Chaska, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Video shows the completed Southwest Reconnection Project
The Southwest Reconnection Project included the construction of a new 4,200-foot-long, four-lane bridge over the floodplain north of the Minnesota River channel to raise the roadway out of the 100-year flood elevation. It also included reconstruction of Highway 101/Highway 61 “Y” intersection as a roundabout and additional improvements along Highway 61 and the addition of a multi-use trail that will connect regional trails.
The project is designed to reduce the frequency and duration of road closures caused by seasonal flooding of the Minnesota River Valley. It will minimize regional and local transportation disruptions that occur when other area river crossings must be closed due to seasonal flooding, and it will minimize long-term maintenance and repair costs.
The total cost of the project was $54 million. This included $34 million for Highway 101 improvements and $20 million for Highway 61 improvements.
Funding for the project included approximately $22 million from the MnDOT Flood Mitigation Program. Local Road Improvement Program and County Turn-Back funds from the state and funding from Carver County, Scott County, and the City of Chanhassen have also been used to finance the project.