County Highway 13 (Ideal Avenue) Phase 2
During construction, Washington County will send out updates on construction activity. The updates will provide information on work that happened throughout the week and an update on the schedule for the following week. In addition, when applicable, there will be photos, maps, and other information so that residents and business owners can stay informed on the progress.
If you would like to get these updates via email when they are available, sign up by clicking on the button below. All updates will also be posted on this page.
The City of Lake Elmo will be closing the intersection of Stillwater Boulevard and Ideal Avenue for a sanitary sewer extension beginning on Monday, June 6. More information on this project is available on their website.
- Ideal Ave will be closed between 36th St and 39th St until mid-July
- Ideal Ave will then close between 39th St and Hidden Bay Trail from mid-July to early September
- Ideal Ave will then close from Hidden Bay Trail to 44th St from early September to early October
- Access to Hidden Bay will be maintained at all times
All closures are dependent on utility relocations and weather. In summary, a portion of Ideal Ave will be closed through the summer.
A camera was placed on-site and takes a picture every 12-14 minutes during the entire construction project. This is a great way to view recent activity and the progress throughout construction.
2022 Construction Updates
Washington County is leading a project to identify and construct road improvements on County Highway 13. This second phase of the project is part of a larger project to improve the pavement and safety of Ideal Avenue/Olson Lake Trail between Stillwater Blvd. and 50th Street. The first phase of the project was constructed in 2017 and the second phase of the project is planned for construction in 2022.
The area north of the 4Front campus (Former 3M property) is planned for development including single and multi-family housing and open space/parks. More information related to this proposed development can be found on the City of Oakdale's website. This road project will consider future growth in traffic volumes due to this proposed development.
- Phase 2 - Ideal Avenue (County Highway 13) from County Highway 14 (34th Street) to 44th Street in the Cities of Oakdale and Lake Elmo
- Improve intersection controls and safety of intersecting streets between 36th and 44th Streets
- Improve and extend the life of the pavement
- Improve surface water drainage
- Continue the north-south trail segments along the west side of the road
- New signing and striping
Online Update (January 2021)
After we gained support from our cities on the selected design, the project team posted an online project update. This online update shared which alternative was selected, explained the property acquisition process, and allowed residents to comment on the selected design layout. This online update was shared through our social media pages, a mailer, an email blast to subscribers of the project, and the City of Lake Elmo’s weekly e-newsletter.
Online Open House (March 2020)
For this second phase of the CSAH 13 corridor project, the first virtual open house shared project goals, schedule, as well as shared design alternatives that were created based on feedback gathered from the community, through earlier open houses. The in-person open house was canceled due to COVID-19, so in replacement of the in-person open house, the county mailed out a multi-page newsletter that shared material from the open house, as well as posted this material on our webpage below.
This replacement of the in-person open house was shared through our social media pages, a mailer, an email blast to subscribers of the project, and the City of Lake Elmo’s weekly e-newsletter.
Also included in the multi-page newsletter was a link and a physical copy of a survey for residents to complete. This survey asked questions related to the design alternatives and helped the project team gather feedback from the public on these alternatives.
After this open house, a summary of survey results and responses to any questions where posted on the website. A postcard was also mailed to residents near the project to share these results.
Based on this feedback received, the project team then met with Lake Elmo and Oakdale Council’s to present the two alternatives and feedback gathered.
Information from the Open House:
|2019 - 2020||Preliminary Design and Public Engagement|
|2021||Final Design and Right-of-Way Acquisitions|