Victoria Drive (Highway 11) Improvements

Improvements are planned for a stretch of Victoria Drive (Highway 11) from Marsh Lake Road/Pioneer Trail to the Twin Cities Western Railroad crossing in the summer of 2022. During this time, the area will be closed to through traffic starting on July 18, 2022.

Project Overview

Due to recent and future development and growth within the City of Victoria and surrounding area, roadway improvements and additional access are needed along Victoria Drive (Highway 11) from south of Marsh Lake Road/Pioneer Trail to the Twin Cities Western Railroad crossing. Construction of these improvements will be from July to October of 2022.

Proposed Improvements

Currently, Victoria Drive is a two-lane roadway with no pedestrian facilities and a two-way stop at the Marsh Lake Road intersection. The project’s proposed improvements include:

  • expansion of the existing roadway to include curb and gutter, storm sewer infrastructure, a center median, and a pedestrian trail
  • addition of turn lanes for two access points of the new developments

A full closure will be necessary to facilitate construction of the improvements.  See the Detour Map under Project Documents

Marsh Lake Road / Pioneer Trail Intersection

In addition to the above noted improvements, an intersection control evaluation was completed to identify near- and long-term safety and operations improvements for the Highway 11 and Highway 14 (Pioneer Trail)/Marsh Lake Road intersection. The existing side street stop-controlled intersection experiences:

  • Elevated levels of delay for side street approaches entering/crossing Highway 11 during peak conditions
  • Elevated crash rate compared to similar intersections across the state
  • Elevated crash severity rate when compared to similar intersections across the state

Planned development near the intersection and in the greater region are expected to increase traffic and further degrade safety and operations at the intersection. The City of Victoria and Carver County are applying for federal funds to construct a single-lane roundabout in the coming years. Interim safety enhancements will be reviewed and implemented, as necessary, to improve conditions while funding and other project elements are aligned for implementation of the future roundabout.

Update as of 9/21/22

Construction of the south phase of the road improvements are approaching completion with paving and pouring of concrete medians this week. Construction is anticipated to shift to the north phase of the improvements from Harvest Trail north to Marsh Lake Road beginning the week of September 26th. Access to Harvest Trail will be open from the south, Engler Blvd (County Road 10), during the north phase of construction. The road is anticipated to be back open to traffic the third week of October.  

Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Final Design: February – March 2022
  • Bid & Award a Contractor: March – May 2022
  • Road Closure Start Date: July 18, 2022
  • Construction: July – Fall 2022

Project Documents

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A map of Victoria, Minnesota with a detour and construction area marked out.

The project spans Victoria Drive from Marsh Lake Road/Pioneer Trail down to the Twin Cities Western Railroad crossing.

Contact Us

Josh Eckstein | Project Manager
(612) 756-3445

Cara Geheren | City Engineer
(651) 300-4261