County Road I roundabout
Ramsey County worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the cities of Arden Hills and Shoreview to design improvements at the intersection of County Road I, Rice Creek Parkway, and Old Highway 8 in anticipation of traffic growth related to the Rice Creek Commons development. Construction of the improvements were substantially completed in 2017.
The new stretch of roadway is an extension of Old Highway 8 between County Roads H and I. The 2017 improvements included a roundabout, trail access, raised medians, and a new roadway which will enhance safety and access to the developing Rice Creek Commons. The construction schedule will resume in 2018 with work to complete sidewalks and trails, lighting and final roadway striping.
Improvements include a roundabout at the ramp from I-35W southbound to County Road I. Roundabouts accommodate a variety of roadway configurations and have been proven to increase safety and reduce delays. For more information on the benefits of roundabouts and how to navigate them, check out MnDOT’s roundabout website.
The ramp from County Road I to northbound I-35W was removed in preparation of MnDOT’s I-35W Managed Lanes project, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in summer 2019.