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Roundabouts are one of the options that is considered when constructing or reconstructing an intersection. Research has shown that there are several advantages of a roundabout over a signalized intersection including less travel delays and fewer severe crashes. In determining what the appropriate traffic control is for a specific intersection, Chisago County conducts a thorough analysis to determine the most appropriate application. Two roundabouts were constructed in our County in 2020. The first is located at TH 8/Pleasant Valley Road (CSAH 26) and the second at TH 8/Hemingway Avenue (CSAH 14).
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Chisago County is responsible for their two County Trails (Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail and Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail). Send any concerns regarding these two trails to Joseph Tart, Chisago County Park Director via Email to Joseph Tart. All other trails and sidewalks are maintained, including snowplowing, along Chisago County roads are performed by the City where the trail or sidewalk is located. If you have a concern about the maintenance or lack of snowplowing for these trails or sidewalks, you should report it to the respective City where it is located. Please check out our City and Township Pages for contact information.
The decision on when and where access closures occur is a decision made by the owner of the road. In the case of Chisago County, we have developed access guidelines for the various roadway types in our system (i.e., arterials, collectors, etc.). Chisago County follows our guidelines when building or rebuilding roadways. However, we do look at each access location on a case-by-case basis.
In Minnesota, the speed limit on all county roads are determined by the State of Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation. Results of a speed zone study can be that the speed limit remains the same, is decreased, or increased.
Chisago County does not assess for roadway improvement projects. However, you should check with your individual City to determine whether there will be assessments through them. Please check out our City and Township Pages for contact information.