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Town of Shakopee Develops Alternative Intersection to Reduce Congestion and Improve Mobility

Downtown Minneapolis is experiencing rapid population growth that is stretching the capacity of its current transportation systems. To combat existing congestion and proactively address future crowding, the Town of Shakopee, a small community near Minneapolis, decided intersection and crossing improvements were the most useful and cost-effective tool for reducing congestion and protecting bicyclists.

Shakopee’s project, the first of its kind in the state, features an improved intersection neighboring a middle school and an alternative intersection design known as a mini-roundabout that reduces conflict points between vehicles and travelers moving on foot and bike. It also closes a crucial gap in the sidewalk network between several residential neighborhoods, the downtown area, and a park along the Minnesota River waterfront.

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