County Road 81 (Hennepin County, Minnesota)

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County Road 81  marker

County Road 81
West Broadway
Bottineau Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by Hennepin County Transportation Department
Length: 19.7 mi (31.7 km)
Existed: 1988 – present
Major junctions
South end: County 66 / County 152 (Washington Ave N) in Minneapolis
 

I-94 in Minneapolis
MN 100 in Robbinsdale
I-94 / I-694 in Brooklyn Park
US 169 in Brooklyn Park

MN 610 in Maple Grove
North end: MN 101 in Rogers
Location
Counties: Hennepin
Highway system
County Roads in Hennepin County
Inter-County Highways

Hennepin County Road 81 or County State-Aid Highway 81 (CR 81, CSAH 81) is a county highway in Hennepin County, Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate 94 (I-94), CR 66, and CR 152 (Washington Avenue North) in the city of Minneapolis, and continues northwest to its terminus at Main Street (State Highway 101, MN 101) in suburban Rogers. CR 81 is 23 miles (37 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

County Road 81 (CR 81) begins at the intersection with Washington Avenue (CR 152/CR 66), in Minneapolis. It goes northwest into the city of Robbinsdale, intersecting with CR 9 (42nd Avenue), MN 100 and several other roads. It enters Crystal shortly after its interchange with MN 100, intersecting with CR 10 (Bass Lake Road) and several other roads. It enters Brooklyn Park, south of its intersection with 63rd Avenue. There, it passes its interchange with I-94; intersections with CR 8 (West Broadway), Brooklyn Boulevard, CR 109 (85th Avenue North) and several other roads; and a new interchange with US Highway 169 (US 169). In Osseo, it intersects with Jefferson Highway/Central Avenue. In Maple Grove it intersects with Zachary Lane North, CR 30 (93rd Avenue), CR 130 (Elm Creek Boulevard), MN 610, Fernbrook Lane and Maple Grove Parkway. In Dayton, it intersects with CR 101/CR 13. In Rogers it intersects with CR 150 and becomes MN 101 at I-94. Along its route, it intersects with I-94 three times, all at interchanges. From Rogers to Robbinsdale the speed limit stays around 45–55 mph (72–89 km/h); near downtown Minneapolis it is 35 mph (56 km/h).

History[edit]

CR 81, between the Robbinsdale and Minneapolis border and present-day US 169 in Brooklyn Park, was constructed between the late 1940s and 1950s. Until I-94 and I-494 were built, CR 81 served as the principal route between Minneapolis and points northwest.

Formerly a trunk highway supervised by the state and known as US 52, US 169, MN 101, MN 152, and MN 218 in various segments at various times, the state turned over management of the roadway to Hennepin County in 1988 and it was renumbered to CR 81. From 1982 to 1988, a portion of the route was known as MN 81.

In 2004, the at-grade intersection with MN 100 was converted into an interchange along with other intersections on MN 100 during a reconstruction project. In 2008, a reconstruction project in Robbinsdale (Lowry Avenue to MN 100) was completed. Also, in Maple Grove, a reconstruction project near Fernbrook Lane and new roads, Elm Creek Boulevard, and Maple Grove Parkway was completed, reconstructing the Fernbrook Lane intersection and adding new intersections at Elm Creek Boulevard and Maple Grove Parkway, when Elm Creek Boulevard was extended and Maple Grove Parkway was paved to its reconstructed interchange with I-94.

In 2011, the intersection with US 169 was converted into an interchange, along with the road's reconstruction from the former intersection with US 169 to CR 109 (85th Avenue), the extension of the nearby 83rd Avenue North and construction on local streets. Also in 2011, when MN 610 was extended, a half of a new interchange was built south of CR 130 (Elm Creek Boulevard) near the end of the new portion of MN 610. In Rogers, CR 81's terminus was moved from its former intersection with MN 101/CR 150 to MN 101's interchange with I-94. Also the intersection with MN 101 and CR 150 was demolished, during a different road construction project.

Future[edit]

Since 2000, local governments and business leaders in the CR 81 corridor (also known as the Northwest Corridor Partnership) have been working together on a strategic redevelopment plan supported by a transit line. Rapid bus transit was originally considered for this corridor in the early 2000s. Since 2007, light rail transit is now being studied as the more favorable option. The portion of CR 81 from Rogers to Robbinsdale will be signed as Bottineau Boulevard in the near future, named after historic frontiersman Pierre Bottineau. The portion of CR 81 in North Minneapolis will remain signed as West Broadway.

Reconstruction work[edit]

A 7.5-mile (12.1 km) segment of CR 81 reconstruction project began in 2010. This section is from 47th Avenue North in the city of Robbinsdale to CR 30 in the city of Maple Grove, resulting ultimately in a six-lane divided urban roadway. The project also passes through the cities of Crystal, Brooklyn Park, and Osseo. The goals of this project are to improve the safety and operations along the roadway, changes will be made to existing access. Major intersections will also be reconstructed. Construction will occur in segments. Construction of Segment One (47th Avenue North in Robbinsdale to CR 10/Bass Lake Road in Crystal) began in 2010, and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.[1] Also the construction of Segment Two (CR 81/Bass Lake Road in Crystal to 63rd Avenue North in Brooklyn Park) is partially funded, and expected to begin in 2012.[2] Segments 3 and 4 (63rd Avenue to US 169, US 169 to CR 30/93rd Avenue) are currently not funded.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Hennepin County.

Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Minneapolis 0.000 0.000 County 66 / County 152 east (Washington Avenue North) Southern terminus near downtown Minneapolis
I-94 Interchange
County 66 west (Girard Avenue North)
County 2 (Penn Avenue North)
County 153 (Lowry Avenue, Oakdale Avenue, Theodore Wirth Parkway) Interchange
Robbinsdale 36th Avenue North
County 9 (42nd Avenue North)
MN 100 Converted from at-grade to interchange in 2004
Crystal County 10 (Bass Lake Road)
Brooklyn Park I-94 / I-694 Interchange
County 8 (West Broadway)
County 130 / County 152 (Brooklyn Boulevard)
US 169 Converted from at-grade to interchange in 2011
County 109 (85th Avenue North)
Osseo Jefferson Highway, Central Avenue
Maple Grove County 202 (Zachary Lane North)
County 30 (93rd Avenue North)
MN 610 / County 130 (Elm Creek Boulevard) Interchange with MN 610 was completed in 2011; intersection with County Road 130/Elm Creek Boulevard was completed in 2008.
County 121 (Fernbrook Lane)
Dayton County 13 / County 101 (Brockton Lane) Formerly Old 101 uses CR 81
Rogers County 150 (Main Street) Included in the former intersection with MN 101, south of intersection; former terminus
19.7 31.7 I-94 / MN 101 Current Northern terminus in Rogers
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ "County Rd. 81 reconstruction project EAW now available". Osseo–Maple Grove Press News. July 30, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Project Status". CSAH 81 Bottineau Boulevard Corridor. Hennepin County. Retrieved August 30, 2011.