Pinto Drive reconstruction

County Roads 115 and 116 in Medina

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Medina, Canadian Pacific railroad and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, is reconstructing Pinto Drive at the intersection of Highway 55.

Improvements to the location are needed to:

  • Replace the aging railroad signal system
  • Better accommodate increased traffic
  • Improve utilities under and around the road
  • Provide better access and safety for non-motorized users

This project is expected to be substantially completed by July 2018.

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Construction updates

Pinto Drive open to through traffic

Paving has been completed on Pinto Drive and is now open to through traffic on both sides of Highway 55. 

Weather permitting, crews will return to place permanent striping along the corridor the week of June 11. This work will be done under traffic. This means traffic can continue to use the road. However, motorists and transit users should expect day-to-day traffic configuration changes. It will take longer to travel through the area.

We thank you for your patience as we wrap up construction, this project will be completed mid June 2018.

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Features of the reconstruction

  • Signal replacement at the Highway 55 intersection
  • Dual left turn lanes for southbound left turns on County Road 116 to fix a major source of morning traffic delays
  • Realignment of Clydesdale Trail
  • Replacement of the railroad crossing and signals and installation of a railroad quiet zone.
  • Safer roadside facilities for pedestrians and bicycle

The City of Medina is upgrading their watermain system in this area with this project.

Design history

The City of Medina hired a consultant to design an initial conceptual layout. Following meetings with local businesses, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin County, the city council approved the conceptual layout in 2008.

In 2011, Hennepin County led the preliminary phase of the design. Traffic studies, public meetings and environmental documentation began at this time. The final layout of the design was approved by the Medina City Council in June 2015 and by MnDOT in August 2015.

Final design progressed through 2016 and the plans received final approval in February 2017.

Final layout (PDF)

Public involvement

Public meetings were held in 2011 to gather input from residents and local businesses. The input helped shape design decisions as the project progressed into the design process.

Additional meetings have been held with property owners directly affected by the project.

Project leadership and partners

Hennepin County

City of Medina

Minnesota Department of Transportation

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