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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Detours, closures and travel considerations

Current closures 

Crews will close Pinto Drive to all through traffic. The following closures are necessary to complete remaining work:

  • Pinto Drive (County Road 116) is closed just north of Clydesdale Trail.
  • Pinto Drive (County Road 115) is closed just south of Highway 55 through the Tower Drive intersection.

Weather permitting, Pinto Drive is scheduled to reopen in late June 2018.

Detour information

During these closures people travelling through the area are encouraged to use the marked detours. View the full detour map below.

  • Northbound: Highway 55 to Brockton Lane (County Road 101) to County Road 10 to Pinto Drive
  • Southbound: Highway 55 to Arrowhead Drive (County Road 118) to Hamel Road (County Road 115) to Pinto Drive

 

Access to local businesses will remain available during this work, but people travelling through the area should expect delays.

Thank you for your patience while we work to reconstruct and improve this important route.

Construction updates

Project completion anticipated early summer 2018

Crews will return in April 2018 to wrap up remaining construction activities and to finish the reconstruction of Pinto Drive.

The remaining work will include:

  • Paving final layers
  • Striping
  • Paving multi-use trails
  • Installing pedestrian and ramps at intersections
  • Finishing storm sewer work, curbs and gutters

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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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