J-Turn at Bel Clare Drive in Waite Park
Funding Requested: $1,200,000
Total Project Cost: $1,500,000
This project will improve the safety and reliability of Highway 23 by reconstructing a full-access intersection to a Reduced Conflict Intersection (R-CUT). The existing intersection configuration results in common left-turn and right-angle crashes. The project will reduce conflicts between 30,000 vehicles per day on Highway 23 and large amounts of grain haulers traveling to and from ADM Grain Elevator, directly adjacent to the project. Improvements will also proactively preserve the mobility of the Highway 23 corridor as highly anticipated development, within the project area, continues to occur.
The funding would be used to reconstruct the intersection of Bel Clare Drive and Highway 23. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it is a low-cost/high-benefit investment that will reduce safety concerns and improve travel time reliability for local residents, particularly Bel Clare Estates mobile home community residents. Additionally, it will preserve the regional mobility of Highway 23 that is important for efficiency, safety, and reliability benefits for existing local freight-related businesses, and those anticipated to develop in this targeted growth area, providing jobs within the rapidly growing St. Cloud metropolitan area.
Estimated Start Date: 06/01/2024
Estimated Completion Date: 10/01/2025
Recipient: Stearns County
Recipient Point of Contact: Jeff Bertram
705 Courthouse Square
St. Cloud, MN 56303