County Highway 39 provides east-west mobility and connectivity through the northern part of Wright County from Monticello to Highway 101 in Otsego. As with the Twin Cities metropolitan region, Wright County and the surrounding areas have experienced rapid growth. Increased population has resulted in higher trafﬁc volumes throughout the area raising concerns over safety, access and the mobility needs of the corridor. The improvements proposed for Highway 39 are centered on providing safety improvements while increasing the efﬁciency of the trafﬁc operation.
Highway 39 is currently an undivided two-lane roadway with left and right turn lanes at some intersections along the corridor. Side street intersections are stop-controlled through the segment, with the exception of the intersection with Highway 42 which is controlled by a signal. With the increasing trafﬁc and speed, safety has become an increasing concern especially for those living in and around Highway 39.
The County, in cooperation with the City of Otsego, has developed improvements to increase the efﬁciency and safety of the Highway 39 corridor.
Urban Section – The corridor will be transformed from a rural, two-lane section to a divided four-lane urban section. The four lanes will provide additional capacity to the corridor and the curb and gutter is intended to aid in trafﬁc calming. In addition, the urban section reduces impact to adjacent properties.
Roundabouts at Odean Avenue, Page Avenue and Highway 42 – The roundabouts will provide better trafﬁc ﬂow and trafﬁc calming, while creating more opportunities for side street trafﬁc to enter Highway 39.
Multi-Use Trail on South Side – Currently there are no separated pedestrian or cyclist facilities along Highway 39. The project will include a separated 10-ft wide multi-use trail on the south side of Highway 39.
The plan is to construct the improvements in two construction seasons (Stages 1 and 2).
Beginning Spring, 2020, the contractor will construct the improvements from Page Avenue to Quaday Avenue.
Trafﬁc to the businesses around Highway 42 will be maintained at all times, while through trafﬁc will be detoured.
The stage 1 area will be completed by Fall, 2020. Stage 2, which includes the construction from Page Avenue to Odean Avenue will begin Spring, 2021 and be completed Fall, 2021.