Overview

 Project Overview

Carver County and the City of Carver are partnering on a corridor study along Jonathan Carver Parkway (County Highway 11) between County Highway 40 (south leg) and US Highway 212. The purpose of the study is to identify the short-, mid-, and long-term improvements along the corridor to address the transportation needs of the community and region for the next 20 years. The local supporting roadway network that feeds into and parallels Jonathan Carver Parkway will also be addressed during the study, which is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.

Corridor Background

Jonathan Carver Parkway is currently a two-lane, undivided roadway in the City of Carver.  Also known as County Highway 11, Jonathan Carver Parkway is designated as an A-Minor Arterial roadway in the 2030/2040 comprehensive plans, providing mobility and connectivity for north-south traffic between the Minnesota River crossing near Jordan (Scott County) and Highway 5 in Victoria.

The corridor has been experiencing incremental growth over the years and residential and commercial development is anticipated to intensify over the next 10 years, in Carver, as well as other nearby communities. Taffic demands on the corridor are expected to continue to increase significantly, prompting a need to expand Jonathan Carver Parkway between CH 40 (south leg) and US Highway 212. The expansion will support the additional traffic, maintain safety, and accommodate bicycle and pedestrian activity. Supporting roadway network needs will also be considered to relieve travel demands on Jonathan Carver Parkway and provide alternate north-south continuity as the City of Carver and Carver County develops.

 

 

Study Purpose and Evaluations

The overall objective of the Jonathan Carver Parkway Corridor Study is to develop a plan that addresses short-, mid-, and long-term multi-modal transportation needs on Jonathan Carver Parkway and its supporting roadway network. The study is expected to result in a plan that recognizes fiscal and environmental constraints as well as the community context. A set of recommendations and priorities for implementing the identified improvements will be a key component of the final plan. The plan is expected to be phased in over time – with some improvements being implemented as development occurs and others as part of programmed projects through the county and city.

As part of the study a number of technical evaluations will be conducted to identify existing and future issues associated with:

Mobility/Congestion
Safety
Pedestrian/Bicycle Connectivity
Infrastructure

The following items will be considered once issues are understood:

Number of Travel Lanes
Location and Type of Access
Intersection Control
Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
Parallel Facilities
Stormwater Treatment
Landscaping

 

Goals and Objectives

Study goals and objectives serve as the framework for identifying and evaluating potential improvements. Key goals and considerations when identifying and evaluating potential solutions include:

Providing efficient and reliable mobility today and in the future by accommodating projected local and regional growth

Appropriate number of travel lanes
Amount and type of access
Travel delays on JCP and on side streets
Parallel facilities

Appropriate intersection capacity/side street approaches

Safely accommodating all users (drivers, freight haulers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit)

Number of and type of crashes today and in the future
Conflicts between motorized and non-motorized traffic (intersections/crossings)
Amount and type of access
Separated facilities

Building on the existing non-motorized transportation network to eliminate gaps, provide a system that meets current guidelines, and a framework for expansion as the city continues to grow

Trail/sidewalk connections
ADA compliance
Consistency with and connections to regional systems
Crossings (closely tied with Goal 2)

Providing infrastructure improvements compatible with the historic, cultural, built, and natural environment

Avoid impacts to historic/cultural sites
Minimize impacts to private property
Minimize impacts to wetlands, bluffs and treed areas
Address new stormwater management requirements

Developing a financially responsible infrastructure implementation plan

Right-size improvements
Maximize existing facilities
Phase improvements
Identify outside funding sources (grants) that can assist in implementation