Project: Battle Lake Highway 78 Complete Streets Project

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What it does: 

After adopting a Complete Streets Policy, the City of Battle Lake, Minnesota and PartnerSHIP 4 Health[1] collaborated to transform Battle Lake's Highway 78 resurfacing project into the Battle Lake Highway 78 Complete Streets Project. With a strong focus on becoming a bike and pedestrian friendly city, the involved government and community agencies took this opportunity to incorporate placemaking to further strengthen the community economically and socially. 

[1] The PartnerSHIP 4 Health is a collaboration of public health government entities from Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties.

Goals: 

Complete Streets projects operate under the goal to design safe streets for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorist, and transit riders of all ages and ability. The Battle Lake Highway 78 Complete Streets project aims to not only do this, but also to boost the local economy and incorporate placemaking.

Cost & Financing: 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) funded 90% of the project, covering the costs for the road reconstruction and sidewalks. A Legacy Arts grant and Partnership 4 Health funded the placemaking portion and bike racks.

Outcomes: 

Under a road diet, MnDOT transformed this four-lane street into a three-lane street, including a center turn lane and wider sidewalks that incorporate placemaking and pedestrian amenities. Amenities include benches, planter boxes, and bike racks. Two local artists were hired to design the placemaking pieces and over 130 volunteers from the community came together to create the pieces. 

Local businesses report higher foot traffic and increased tourism. Additionally, new businesses opened along the street including a bike rental business. 

Key Contacts: 

Name Organization Phone Number E-mail
Patrick Hollister PartnerSHIP 4 Health (218) 329-1809 patrick.hollister@co.clay.mn.us
Val Martin City of Battle Lake (218) 864-0424 blcity@eot.com

Patrick Hollister led the initiative for the city to adopt a Complete Streets policy and to make the Highway 78 a Complete Streets project. He is a part of PartnerSHIP 4 Health. Val Martin is the Clerk-Treasurer of the City of Battle Lake.

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Last Updated 9/3/15 | Written By Mimi Tam