Connecting Businesses, Communities, People

The Highway 212 Corridor serves as a critical transportation link all the way from the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area to the South Dakota border. This is an essential transportation connection – designated as part of the National Highway System as well as being one of 7 key interregional corridors identified by the State of Minnesota. The portion of the highway east of Glencoe in McLeod and Carver counties poses a real safety hazard as the highway switches from four lanes to two lanes west of Chaska and back to four lanes around Cologne and then back to two lanes to Norwood Young America. At Norwood Young America it switches back to four lanes to Glencoe and then back to two lanes west of Glencoe. The highway changes configuration three times in a 25 to 30 mile stretch of highway. There has been extensive public involvement in developing plans for this corridor. Numerous open house meetings, public hearings, media attention and other avenues have allowed people in the area to learn about this project and provide feedback. The result is consensus that Highway 212 is a priority for this area of the state, one that needs to be improved as soon as possible. Forty-one communities and local chambers of commerce in the area have passed resolutions supporting improvements to Highway 212. Communities as far away as Montevideo in Chippewa County and Dawson in Lac Qui Parle County see the development of a four-lane link to the Twin Cities as essential to their economic development.

U.S. Highway 212

The Southwest Corridor Transportation Coalition (SWCTC), comprised of local governments, businesses, local chambers of commerce and concerned residents has been advocating for improvements to Highways 212 and 5 for many years.       

History of Recent Federal Funding for U.S. Highway 212
ISTEA Authorization bill $8,700,000. TEA-21 Transportation Authorization bill $4,000,000. SAFETEA-LU Transportation Authorization bill $ 800,000. FFY2002 Appropriations bill $3,000,000. FFY2003 Appropriations bill $ 500,000. FFY2004 Appropriations bill $ 1,450,000. FFY08 Appropriations bill $ 656,600.

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