Trunk Highway 8
Project Updates and Field Activities
The Highway 8 Project continues to progress. Chisago County has been successful in identifying nearly half the funding needed to construct the project and continues to seek additional funding sources. Preliminary roadway plans that were presented at the last (virtual) open house are currently in the review process, and the environmental documentation is being developed. To better inform both of these processes, field work will need to be conducted as follows:
2021 Planned Field Activities
Soil borings will be collected within the available Right-of-Way beginning October 11, 2021 and should take about 8 to 10 days. You may see drilling rigs alongside the roadway.
2022 Planned Field Activities
Additional soil borings, supplemental wetland delineations, and contamination investigations will be completed on private property. Letters will be sent out to affected properties.
- Project Background
- We're working to improve Highway 8
- Project Limits
- Project Timeline
- Project Update
- Open House Summary
Chisago County is leading a project to identity a long-term solution to improve safety and mobility along U.S. Highway 8 from I-35 in Forest Lake to Karmel Avenue in Chisago County. The project team is looking at a few options for a new corridor design, which needs to address safety and mobility issues, while taking pedestrian and bicyclist needs into consideration.
- Confirm preliminary design alternative to carry forward
- Complete Environmental Review Process
- Complete wetland delineations and soil conditions analysis
Currently, work is being done on the environmental review, traffic analysis, hydraulics and preliminary design of the corridor.
FAQs - Natural Environment
FAQs - Public Involvement
FAQs - Right-of-Way
- Will all or parts of my property along Highway 8 need to be acquired? if so, how will I be contacted?
- Will there be any assessments to my property? FAQs - Right-of-Way FAQs - Right-of-Way
FAQs - Safety and Mobility
- How do motorists use Highway 8 today?
- What challenges or concerns have been identified along Highway 8?
- What types of safety improvements are being considered along Highway 8?
- How will access be "managed" along the corridor?
- What is a "median" and what benefits could it provide to Highway 8?
- Will I lose my driveway access to Highway 8?
- Will additional travel lanes be added to Highway 8?
- What additional accommodations will be made for pedestrians and bicyclists?
- Are roundabouts part of the solution?
- What are Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCI) and how do they work?
Online Open House - 2020
In April of 2020, an online open house was provided for the public to review and comment on. the online open house featured a video, project layout information, and an opportunity to provide public comment on materials. The online open house received 286 views and a total of 35 comments. In addition 49 new people signed up for project email updates.
Chisago County's Trunk Highway (TH8) Reconstruction Project hosted its second open house on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Forest Lake. The open house was well attended by more than 100 area residents. Project staff hosted the event to share project progress, communicate how alternatives were evaluated, and to keep up the momentum for this important project. The large turnout and input received from attendees demonstrated the substantial interest in seeing this project continue to move forward.
What We've Heard: View Open House 2 Boards (PDF)
- General concerns regarding access and safety on Trunk Highway 8 and associated side streets.
- General questions regarding the projects expected timeline.
- "Consider the addition of an access road from Deer Garden Lane to Karmen Avenue."
- "Consider the inclusion of an underground culvert for bicycle and pedestrian use at the intersection of Trunk Highway 8 and County Highway 23."
- "I love the 4-lane separated highway concept. Consolidating access points should also make a big difference."
- "Please don't use Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCI). They don't seem practical for this project."
- "Please consider the seasonal businesses along this road project like mine when you are scheduling road closures."
- "Love it! Appreciate the safety aspect. Hopefully less noisy rumble strips."
- "I am very concerned about the noise impact as well as impacts to the lakes."
For more information on this project, please visit our website where you can sign up for project updates, or contact Joe K. Triplett, PE, County Engineer.
Email Joe Triplett
313 N Main Street
Center City, MN 55012
Minnesota Department of Transportation