Community Project Funding: Carver County

Highway 212 Rural Freight Mobility and Safety: $25 million


Project Summary:

The U.S. 212 Rural Freight Mobility and Safety Project will expand 5.5 miles of U.S. Highway 212, an existing Principal Arterial roadway, from a rural two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided expressway.

This project— will run from CSAH 34 in Norwood Young America to CSAH 36 in Cologne, and construct a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) and a grade-separated interchange, eliminating a freight bottleneck and improving roadway safety.


  • The project is located on U.S. Highway 212 between County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 34 in Norwood Young America to CSAH 36 in Cologne in Benton Township, Carver County, MN.
  • The project location is approximately 8 miles west of the Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN-WI (Twin Cities) Urbanized Area and is designated as a Rural Area.
  • The highway serves 22,000 square miles of rural Minnesota and South Dakota
    • Primary connector for 65 major freight generators
    • Serves travelers from 74 of 87 counties
    • Carries more than 1,300 trucks daily
    • The project area was identified by the Minnesota Department of Transportation as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor in their 2018 Statewide Freight System and Investment Plan.


Relevant Documents:

Request Address:

Lyndon Robjent, PE, County Engineer

Carver County 11360 Hwy 212 West, Suite 1