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Southwest Beltline Corridor Study

Planning Study

In the 1990’s the members of the APO committed to the development of an interjurisdictional beltline arterial corridor to help improve mobility and connectivity regionwide.

Between 2000 and 2008, several studies were undertaken to plan for the beltline corridor, but when the financial recession of 2008 hit, all planning for the corridor stopped as available transportation funding became very limited, and the funds that were available were directed primarily into system maintenance and preservation.

In October of 2019, as the APO was completing its Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Policy Board re-affirmed its commitment to completing the beltline corridor. Since 2008, the City of St. Cloud has been widening 33rd Street South into a 4-lane divided arterial as a segment of the beltline corridor, and planning work is now recommencing for other beltline segments.

The Southwest segment of the beltline corridor is expected to connect the existing 33rd Street South interchange at TH-15 with CSAH 75 somewhere between the Cities of Waite Park and St. Joseph.

Map of Southwest Beltline Study Area

The APO has procured a consultant to look at:

  • Potential impacts the corridor may have on regional and local traffic flow, mobility, travel times, safety, etc.
  • Potential corridor alignment(s)
  • Potential corridor cross-section(s)
  • Potential intersection locations, types, and controls
  • Potential active transportation facilities
  • Recommendations for access-control along the corridor
  • Recommendations for corridor protection and phasing of corridor construction

This study will not include any formal environmental impact evaluations or decision-making, though it could include planning-environmental linkages* as outlined by the Federal Highway Administration.

Previous studies from the 2000-2008 period can be download from However, given the age of these plans and the changes that have occurred since their completion, interested parties are encouraged to review them only as background material. This current study will re-start the planning process and is not necessarily meant to build upon or continue these previous studies.


What is Happening Now?

SRF Consulting Group was chosen to complete the study. Their contract has been approved by the APO Policy Board and they have begun collecting existing conditions data and information.

Then What Happens?

A Project Management Team made up of staff members from the APO, City of St. Cloud, City of Waite Park, City of St. Joseph, Stearns County, and MnDOT are overseeing and guiding the work being completed by SRF staff.

SW Beltline Corridor Study Schedule

How Can I Get Involved?

The first public input phase was completed on July 16, 2021. We received 243 survey responses. THANK YOU!! You can see a detailed breakdown of survey responses by clicking HERE. The next opportunity for public input should occur in September/October when we hope to have a few potential alternatives for the public to review and respond to.