Hwy 59 — Thief River Falls

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The City of Thief River Falls, in close collaboration with MnDOT, is conducting a corridor study to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, highway access, address stormwater drainage issues and the poor pavement condition, while maintaining traffic flow and creating a welcoming gateway to the City. The corridor study area runs from approximately 1st St. E. to the southern city limits (155th St. NE). The study will result in a vision for the corridor, anticipated for Fall 2024.

Get involved

Share your insights, experiences, and questions as we look to develop a community-supported vision before we develop a project.

  • Use the map to pinpoint spots along the corridor that you think need improvements
  • Refer to the About the Study section to learn more about the study's purpose and the project team's goals
  • Participate in upcoming engagement events

Stay informed

The City of Thief River Falls, in close collaboration with MnDOT, is conducting a corridor study to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, highway access, address stormwater drainage issues and the poor pavement condition, while maintaining traffic flow and creating a welcoming gateway to the City. The corridor study area runs from approximately 1st St. E. to the southern city limits (155th St. NE). The study will result in a vision for the corridor, anticipated for Fall 2024.

Get involved

Share your insights, experiences, and questions as we look to develop a community-supported vision before we develop a project.

  • Use the map to pinpoint spots along the corridor that you think need improvements
  • Refer to the About the Study section to learn more about the study's purpose and the project team's goals
  • Participate in upcoming engagement events

Stay informed

  • Public Open House Materials

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    Thank you for your interest in the Hwy 59 Corridor Study. A public open house was held on Thursday, March 14, at the Joint-Use Facility in Thief River Falls. If you were unable to attend or would like to review the open house materials again, please view them below.

    Hwy 59 Corridor Study text header with Minnesota Department of Transportation and Thief River Falls logos How will this study benefit the community? Project area map on the left, five icons with the following text below them on the right: Improved drainage, Improved access and safety for all users, Improved traffic flow, Create an aesthetic and functional gateway to the city, Inform planning of future projects and decision making

    Hwy 59 Corridor Study text header with Minnesota Department of Transportation and Thief River Falls logos What’s the schedule for this study? Timeline scale graphic with location icons above the following four phases of the study: Spring 2024 Tell us what you think about existing conditions Early Summer 2024 Roadway concept development Late Summer 2024 Preferred concept and study finalized Fall 2024 Findings presented for reviewHwy 59 Corridor Study text header with Minnesota Department of Transportation and Thief River Falls logos What roadway elements could be considered? Improved access and safety for all users, including enhanced crosswalks, changes to intersections and how we access Hwy 59, changes in frontage roads, adding sidewalks or trails Improved drainage, including adding curb and gutter in areas, underground storm sewer, removal of ditches Improved traffic flow, including consider alternative ways to manage traffic, modified access points between highway and frontage roads Create an aesthetic and functional gateway to the City, including increase green space, enhanced signage, curb and gutter, enhanced crosswalks and sidewalks Icons to the left of each roadway element and their sub elements

    Hwy 59 Corridor Study text header with Minnesota Department of Transportation and Thief River Falls logos Crash Data Project area map on the right, with the following locations and percentages in boxes to the left: TH 59 Segment 1 (158th to Nelson) 80% Property Damage 20% Possible Injury TH 59 & 1st 94% Property Damage 6% Minor Injury TH 59 & Dale 40% Minor Injury 20% Serious Injury 20% Possible Injury 20% Property Damage TH 59 & Nelson 100% Property Damage TH 59 Segment 2 (Nelson to 1st) 100% Property Damage TH 59 & Walmart 57% Property Damage 29% Possible Injury 14% Minor Injury TH 59 & Greenwood 50% Possible Injury 50% Property Damage TH 59 & 158th 34% Minor Injury 33% Possible Injury 33% Property Damage

  • Public Open House March 14

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    The City of Thief River Falls and the Minnesota Department of Transportation invite the public to an open house on Thursday, March 14, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., to get more information about the corridor study. Residents, business owners, area visitors, and commuters are encouraged to learn more about the study and share their thoughts on how to improve this stretch of Hwy 59.

    The open house will be held in the multi-purpose room of the Joint-Use Facility, 248 125th Ave NE in Thief River Falls. There are no formal presentations and people are invited to stop by at their convenience anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. City, MnDOT, and project staff will be available to answer questions about the study.

  • About the study

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    How do you use Hwy 59 in Thief River Falls? The safety of all who use this corridor is a growing concern. Could improvements be made that would provide a safer experience for all modes of transportation?

    To answer that question, the City of Thief River Falls and MnDOT are conducting a planning study. The study seeks to evaluate the potential improvement options available to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, address stormwater drainage issues, and the poor pavement condition from approximately 1st St. E. to the southern City limits (155th St. NE).

    Join us at an upcoming in-person engagement event or use the Map to drop a comment pin and discuss a specific location.

    Don't hesitate to contact us directly. We look forward to hearing your input.

Page last updated: 21 Mar 2024, 09:54 AM