Trunk Highway 8


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Project Updates and Field Activities

The project is fully funded.

As we were working through the predesign and environmental clearance, we found two Northern Long Eared Bats.   These are a federally listed threatened and endangered species and require a lot more effort and work to be able to get through the environmental review process and obtain the clearance and approvals required to complete final design and conduct right of way activities.  This represents a significant issue to work through and over come and adds time to the original project schedule.   While we continue to work with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Environmental Stewardship and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on this issue, we are still endeavoring to work on the design with the Cities, MnDOT and property owners.

2024 Planned Field Activities

  • There is supplemental soil boring and subsurface work that will need to take place.  Some of this may be on private property.  If this is the case, Chisago County will reach out to work directly with affected property owner.  No work on private property will occur without the approval from the property owner.
  • There is supplemental wetland delineation work that will need to take place.  Some of this may be on private property.  If this is the case, Chisago County will reach out to work directly with affected property owner.  No work on private property will occur without the approval from the property owner.
  • There may be potential soil contamination investigations that would have to take place.  If we come across any of these situations, we will reach out to the property owner on potential next steps.  


  1. Project Background
  2. We're working to improve Highway 8
  3. Project Limits
  4. Project Timeline
  5. Project Update
  6. Approved Preliminary Layouts
  7. FAQs
  8. Open House Summary
economic growth and vitalityHighway 8 is an important interregional corridor that serves a variety of transportation needs. It is vital to sustaining local commerce and energizing future economic growth and vitality.
commutersIn recent years, Highway 8 has become increasingly strained due to high levels of daily commuters, large trucks hauling freight, and spikes in weekend recreational traffic.
roadwayA proliferation of secondary roads and private driveways provide direct access to and from Highway 8 which contribute to safety and mobility issues.
crashThere have been a number of serious crashes in recent years, including 5 fatalities.


Contact

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.

Phone: 651-213-8700
Email Joe Triplett
313 N Main Street
Room 400
Center City, MN 55012

Project Partners

Chisago County
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Washington County

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