Planning Projects

Study Background


The Rice County Transportation Plan identifies the need for a future corridor study due to the lack of a continuous arterial running East-West in Northeast Rice County. As growth in the area continues, the lack of such a connection limits the ability of the roadway system to safely and efficiently accommodate travel needs. 

Reducing Future Costs


If such a corridor is needed someday, and development has been allowed to occur without consideration for this roadway corridor, the impacts to property owners and the costs to the public will be much more severe.  If future development is to pay for itself, it is essential to be proactive in identifying that corridor for right-of-way preservation. 

As a result, Rice County and its study partners have initiated the CSAH 1 Corridor Preservation Study. Rice County study partners include:
  • Bridgewater Township
  • City of Dundas
  • City of Northfield
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Northfield Township