Bottineau Boulevard Corridor

County Road 81 in Robbinsdale, Crystal, Brooklyn Park, Osseo and Maple Grove

Reconstruction of Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) will be completed in five segments between Highway 100 and 93rd Avenue (County Road 30).

Bottineau Boulevard is an important corridor for local and regional economic development and Hennepin County commuters. Traffic volume has increased and there has been additional growth and development over the years. This has resulted in congestion along that threatens the ability of Bottineau Boulevard to deliver safe and efficient transportation service to its users.

Improvements along the corridor include additional lanes, safer access to side streets and frontage roads, improved crosswalks, added trails, new traffic signal systems and improved stormwater systems. These improvements will make the road safer for all users, provide better traffic flow and reduce congestion and delays.

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Roadway design

The design underway includes reconstruction to a six-lane roadway with intersection improvements, curb, gutter and storm sewer from 47th Avenue North in Robbinsdale to 93rd Avenue (County Road 30) in Maple Grove. Other highlights include:

  • Improving access management (e.g. appropriate turning options) and side street/frontage road connections in order to increase safety.
  • Improving intersection capacity to reduce delay and congestion.
  • Providing off-road pedestrian/bicycle trails along the entire corridor north of Highway 100.
  • Upgrading traffic signal systems

Additional lanes at key intersections will provide the necessary through movement of vehicular traffic needed to enhance safety, as well as provide lane continuity and reduction in delay for Bottineau Boulevard and cross streets.

Many intersections will see improvements such as the addition of dedicated turn lanes. Pedestrian safety features -- such as pedestrian refuges, countdown timing, crosswalk striping -- are also included in the design for most intersections.

The roadway will improve water quality and stormwater conveyance systems with new curb, gutter and storm sewer. New stormwater ponds will also be established.

These improvements will necessitate property and right-of-way easement acquisition at several areas along the corridor. The most significant property impacts will occur at major intersections and along frontage roads. The process of acquiring property necessary for the project, including compensation, will follow all applicable state laws and federal regulations. Property acquisition will not begin until each project has been funded and the appropriate environmental documentation has been completed.

Corridor construction schedule


North of Highway 169 to 93rd Avenue (County Road 30)

West Broadway Avenue (County Road 8) to 83rd Avenue

Already completed

63rd Avenue to West Broadway Avenue (County Road 8)

  • Major construction completed in 2017

Bass Lake Road (County Road 10) to 63rd Avenue

  • Completed in 2014

Bottineau Boulevard and 85th Avenue interchange with Highway 169

  • Completed in 2011 by Minnesota Department of Transportation (not part of the county's five segments)

Highway 100 to Bass Lake Road (County Road 10)

Corridor background

Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) was originally constructed as part of the state’s Trunk Highway system. The roadway was last graded and paved in 1957. A recent Hennepin County report found it to be in fair to poor condition and in need of roadbed reconstruction rather than repaving. In addition, stormwater is not adequately treated along the corridor. Moreover, issues such as inadequate turn lanes and multiple access points compromise traffic flow and safety.

Past public open houses

Six public open house meetings were held between June and October 2006 in the cities of Robbinsdale, Crystal (2), Brooklyn Park (2), and Osseo. These meetings provided the opportunity to present project information to interested parties, engage in discussion with them, and receive feedback on project issues. Participants were able to submit written comments on the project and design using comment forms that were distributed at the meetings. Two open house meetings were also held in January and October 2002 when the project was first initiated.

Public comments from open house meetings (PDF)

Past meetings

City Council work sessions took place on the following dates:

  • May 16, 2006 in the City of Crystal
  • June 19, 2006 in the City of Brooklyn Park
  • July 10, 2006 in the City of Osseo

City Council meetings were held on the following dates:

  • May 15, 2007 with the City of Robbinsdale
  • November 20, 2007 with the City of Crystal
  • December 4, 2006 with the City of Brooklyn Park
  • March 26, 2007 with the City of Osseo
  • September 4, 2007 with the City of Maple Grove

Environmental assessments

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