Rice Lake Rd Corridor plan - open house

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Public Works Department  • Richard H. Hansen Transportation & Public Works Complex
4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811 • Phone: (218) 625-3830

James T. Foldesi, P.E.
Public Works Director/Highway Engineer




September 19, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Victor Lund, Traffic Engineer




Open house to provide updates on Rice Lake Road Corridor planning

St. Louis County Public Works continues to develop plans and get public feedback on proposed improvements to the Rice Lake Road corridor, from Ridgeview Road to north of Martin Road in Rice Lake. County engineers are hosting an open house to provide an update on plans and hear from interested citizens. The open house will be Thursday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m., at Rice Lake City Hall, 4107 W. Beyer Road.


Engineers have been studying this section of roadway for several years, noting the concentration of new and planned development, the expected growth in the city and corresponding traffic volumes, and safety and delay concerns at several intersections. Working with the City of Rice Lake, they have developed recommendations to improve traffic operations and safety while preserving the function of Rice Lake Road. The goal is to create a commercial corridor that invites development while also managing access, and that incorporates accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Proposed improvements include:

  • Reconstruct Rice Lake Road from Ridgeview Road to approximately 2/3 mile north of Martin Road.
  • Construct single-lane roundabouts on Rice Lake Road at the intersections of West Calvary Road and Martin Road.
  • Construct left-turn and right-turn lanes on Rice Lake Road at the intersection of Ridgeview Road.
  • Construct a new city street to connect West Calvary Road and Martin Road.
  • Construct a pedestrian/bicycle trail along Rice Lake Road from Technology Drive to approximately 1/3 mile north of Martin Road.
  • Construct a pedestrian/bicycle trail along Martin Road between Stebner Road and Stavenger Road.

Anyone who lives in or travels through this area is encouraged to get involved by attending the meeting or providing input through the county's project website. More information can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/rice-lake-rd-corridor.


Rice Lake Road corridor map