The Gateway Corridor stretches from downtown St. Paul to the St. Croix River Bridge, along Interstate 94, Hudson Road, and Highway 12. It is the doorway to and from Minnesota and Wisconsinís diverse communities. Not only does the Gateway Corridor represent the front step to urban, suburban and rural areas, it also is an entry point to corporate campuses, educational institutions, commercial centers, and recreational destinations.
More than 300,000 people live in the corridor. That number is expected to swell 30 percent (90,000 people) by 2030. Another 30,000 jobs will likely be added by 2030, too. As of today, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has no plans for road expansions or improvements to handle the growth in the I-94 corridor. Alternatives are needed.
Community leaders along the corridor have worked tirelessly to explore transit options to make the region stronger, today and in the future. They believe the regionís ability to maintain a high quality of life and compete for economic opportunities rests, in part, on our ability to effectively move people and goods.
In 1869, the Gateway Corridor was utilized by the Saint Paul and Duluth Railroad, which crossed central Washington County. The railroad line prompted new activity and settlement patterns that led to the growth and development of cities and townships within the corridor. In later years, the Saint Paul and Duluth Railroad began running trips from St. Paul to the St. Croix River and was renamed the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company.
As the automobile became more popular, work began to build a stretch of highway that would connect communities from the St. Croix River to Saint Paul and Minneapolis. For almost 30 years, Minnesota policymakers grappled with the route and construction of a new interstate highway. After considerable debate, two alternatives were finally brought forward. The first option, would have reconstructed the existing highway to interstate highway standards. The second option moved the interstate one-half mile north of its current alignment.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) selected the current interstate highway route that is used today and sought federal approval to construct this as one of the last pieces of the Interstate 94 freeway system. In 1985, the final stretch of Interstate 94 was finished and quickly became one of the most heavily used and traveled corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Today, the corridor provides an important link to some of the Twin Citiesí largest employers, including 3M, The Hartford, Imation and Securian Financial. As a result of recent population growth, the I-94 corridor today moves more than 150,000 vehicles per day into St. Paul.
Community and business outreach is a valued part of the Gateway Corridor study process. Staff is available to present at any community meeting or event. Please submit a request on the contact us page if you would like us at your next meeting.
Current overview and next steps in transit planning.
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Map of the Gateway Corridor from the St. Croix River Bridge to Saint Paul / Minneapolis.
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