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Welcome to our online open house. We thank you for your participation.

MnDOT needs your help in planning for the future of Highway 210/Washington St. through Brainerd. Today you will learn more about the Highway 210 project and have several opportunities to give your input to help us shape the vision for the future road and sidewalk improvements in this area.

Click through all of the slides to learn more about the next steps of the project.

Highway 210 in Brainerd looking westward towards Baxter

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Tell Us About Yourself

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better! Please take a minute to answer the following survey questions to help us understand how you use this stretch of Highway 210 in Brainerd.

Map of study area

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Study Overview

MnDOT, the City of Brainerd and Crow Wing County need your help in planning the future Highway 210/Washington St. through Brainerd. In 2025 or beyond, we will begin to reconstruct both directions of Highway 210/Washington St. between Baxter Dr. and Pine Shores Rd. At the same time, we’re also planning to make access, safety and other improvements in the area during the planned construction. The results from this study will guide our vision for this area that addresses the community’s needs and issues.

Study Goals

  • Learn from the Brainerd Lakes area community about issues, needs and use of Highway 210/Washington St.
  • Identify preferred roadway improvements that have community buy-in and are within budget.
  • Inform residents, businesses and visitors about future construction plans.
Map of study area

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Schedule

Fall 2019 -Spring 2020: Collect and analyze data; Summer 2020 - Spring 2021: Develop and refine roadway concepts; Fall 2020 - Spring 2021: Gather community input; Spring 2021: Identify preferred oncept; Summer 2021: Share preferred concept.

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Upcoming Highway 210 Construction

Check out the map below to see the specific locations for roadway improvements.

Construction areas

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Existing Area Issues

This stretch of Highway 210/Washington St. has safety, capacity, and operations issues that need to be addressed to keep the community moving. Several key issues have been identified in this area, including:

Primary Intersection Safety locations

  • NW 4th St.
  • 4th St.
  • 6th St. (Business 371)
  • 13th St./Gillis Ave.
  • Highway 25/Mills Ave.

Primary Intersection Congestion locations

  • NW 4th St.
  • 4th St.
  • 8th St.
  • 13th St./Gillis Ave.
  • 5th Ave. NE
  • Highway 25/Mills Ave.

On-Street Parking Availability and Use

  • Between N 1st St. and N 9th St.
    • Total of 80 parking spots
    • A maximum of five of those spaces are used.
  • Between 13th./Gillis Ave and NE 5th Ave.
    • Approximately 50 parking spots
    • A maximum of two of those spaces are used.
  • All cross-streets allow on-street parking.
issues map

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Preliminary Recommendations

  • Remove on-street parking due to the high traffic volume on Highway 210/Washington St.
  • Add a raised median between 1st St. and 9th St.
    • Safety issues for vehicles taking left turns across Highway 210/Washington St.
    • High traffic volumes increase safety risk
    • Research shows a 25% crash reduction with raised medians

What We Heard

The project team conducted an online survey from Nov. 12 through Dec. 12, 2020 for the Brained Lakes community that included a series of standard questions about use and perspectives related to Highway 210/Washington St. and an online comment map. It was distributed via press release, social media, project website, emails to key organizations and word of mouth.

Common Themes

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Most people use Highway 210/Washington St. for non-work-related travel, commuting to work.


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Most drive and a small percentage walk or bicycle.


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Most feel the stretch of roadway works OK but could use improvement, while very few believe it is excellent and does not need change.


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Most believe the stretch works poorly for walking and bicycling, many others believe it to be OK but could use some improvement.


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Additional comments focused on intersections (too many stop lights, needing more turn lanes, and better timing of stop lights) and pedestrian/bicycle friendly wishes (adding additional room for bike lanes).


To learn more about what we heard, click on the image below!

Construction areas

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MnDOT thanks all those who participated in the online survey! The input received helped us develop the proposed concepts you will see later in this online meeting.

Potential Roadway Design Options

After hearing from our stakeholders and the community, our project team developed various roadway design concepts for this area of Highway 210/Washington St. The designs shown below include images of what’s out there today, along with our ideas for safety and traffic improvements to better accommodate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Hover or tap the dots below to learn more about each location. You can click on the images that pop up on the right side of your screen to see the images in more detail. Then, click the green button below to tell us your thoughts on these designs.

10th Ave to Pine Shores Rd - Mill & Overlay Segment


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Baxter Dr to NW 8th St & NW 4th St to Mississippi River Bridge - Mill & Overlay Segment


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8th St to NW 4th St - Mill & Overlay


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Mississippi River Bridge to 10th Ave - Reconstruction Segment


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Bridge Segment


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What are your thoughts on these designs?

Initial Intersection Designs

There are a few intersection design options along Highway 210/Washington St. that we’d like your additional feedback on. Familiarize yourself with the intersection locations, then click through the following slides to learn more and provide your feedback.

Design Concepts

NW 4th St./Washington St. Intersection

Mississippi River Bridge/East River Rd. Area

East River Rd./Washington St.

East Mall Area

Design Concepts

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NW 4th St./Washington St. Intersection

This concept consists of safety and traffic flow improvements and access modifications along Highway 210/Washington St. at the 3rd Ave., 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. intersections. Take a look at the concept below and tell us what you think.

Add a second left turn lane from northbound NW 4th St. to westbound Highway 210/Washington St.

Add center medians on Washington St. at NW 3rd Ave. and NW 5th Ave. creating right-in/right-out only intersections

Concept 3

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Mississippi River Bridge and Chippewa St. Intersection

This concept consists of wider sidewalks on the Mississippi River Bridge to improve safety for pedestrian and bicyclists. It also includes access changes at the Chippewa St./Dairy Queen intersection. Take a look at the two alternatives below and tell us what you think.

Alternative 1

10-foot sidewalks on both sides of bridge

New center median on Highway 210/Washington St. at Chippewa St. creating a right-in/right-out only intersections with no left turns or access through the intersection

Bridge Concept 1

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Alternative 2

10-foot sidewalks on both sides of bridge

Limit access at Highway 210/Washington St. at Chippewa St., retaining left turns from westbound Highway 210/Washington St. to Dairy Queen

Bridge Concept 2

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East River Rd. and Washington St. Intersection

This concept includes wider sidewalks and an eastbound right turn lane. Similar right turn lane additions are also being considered at 4th St. and 8th St. to the east.

New right turn lane from Highway 210/Washington St. to East River Rd.

8-foot sidewalks on the south and north sides of Highway 210/Washington St.

East River Road Intersection

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East Mall Area

Several ideas for addressing congestion and safety issues and accommodating an extension of the Cuyuna State Trail have been developed. Take a look at the three different alternatives below for this area and tell us what you think about each one.

Alternative 1

Reconstruct Highway 25 for better traffic flow

Modify 10th Avenue intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove access to Highway 25

New trail on west side of Highway 25

East Mall Area Alternative 1

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Alternative 2

New roundabout at the intersection

Modify 10th Avenue intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove access to Highway 25

New trail on west side of Highway 25

Add eastbound left turn lane from Highway 210/Washington St. to the main mall entrance

East Mall Area Alternative 2

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Alternative 3

Two new roundabouts

Modify 10th Avenue intersection to prevent cross-over traffic and vehicles turning left onto Highway 210/Washington St.

Remove the area of roadway between Highway 210/Washington St. and Highway 25

Add eastbound left turn lane from Highway 210/Washington St. to the main mall entrance

New trail on south side of Highway 25

East Mall Area Alternative 3

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Stay Connected

Thank you for your interest in the Highway 210/Washington St. Project.

It’s important to understand your issues and concerns regarding Highway 210/Washington St. and get your thoughts on the initial design concepts presented during this online open house. Now is the right time to help MnDOT better understand the key issues and think through possible improvement options.

Please pass along the link to this virtual open house to your family, friends and coworkers that use this stretch of Highway 210/Washington St.

Tell Us Your Thoughts

Make a comment

If you haven’t already, go back to the design concept slides and give us your feedback. To submit a general comment or question for the project team, click on the comment button in the top right corner of your screen.


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The entire session should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Continue clicking through to learn more about the project and what to expect during construction.

Following guidance from state health officials to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has temporarily postponed all public meetings and in-person events. Public engagement on transportation and construction projects remains a priority, and we appreciate you joining us online to learn more about this project.