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 November 2017.

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Detours, closures and travel considerations

All lanes of Pinto Drive open for winter

In January, crews installed the new traffic signals at the intersection of Pinto Drive (County Roads 115 and 116) and Highway 55. With this work done, all lanes of Pinto Drive (County Roads 115 and 116) have reopened to traffic for the remainder of winter.

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

Features of the completed work include:

  • widened lanes
  • added medians for safety and better lane separation
  • new traffic signal systems
  • improved access for businesses
  • new spaces and features for people walking, on bicycles or needing accessibility features
  • a new cul-de-sac at Clydesdale Trail 

Construction updates

Project completion anticipated spring 2018

Crews will return in spring 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

There will be two short-term full closures later this year in order for crews to complete the work. Notifications will be sent out in the spring to prepare people using the road of upcoming construction activities. 


Project background

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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