Burnsville and Dakota County are working together to study transportation needs on Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue. The team has identified solutions for Cliff Road at 35W, and is still working towards solutions along Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue based upon technical analysis and public input.
Together these project goals will help develop safer transportation corridors for all users along Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue.
This draft report summarizes local intersection alternatives and recommendations for the east side of the interchange at Cliff Road (CSAH 32) and I-35W. The review of this area was important to finish before MnDOT’s 2024 completion of final design for the 2025-2026 I-35W project.
The project team conducted two pop up events in the summer of 2023. These events occurred at Cliff Fen Park and at the Burnsville Fire Muster event at Nicollet Commons. In all we spoke with more than 60 people at these events. An online survey was distributed via city channels and was sent to local businesses on the Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue corridors and garnered more than 160 responses.
Direct business engagement was also conducted. The project team knocked on doors of more than 120 businesses along Nicollet Avenue and Cliff Road. The team had conversations with business owners and invited business owners to attend a virtual stakeholder meeting. These stakeholder meetings had limited attendance, however the presentation from the meeting was distributed to all business owners/managers that we had contact information from.
What we learned
We asked the public how they currently use Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue and what safety and mobility barriers they face using different forms of transportation.
From the engagement outreach, we gained the following insights: