With Crow Wing County's plans to narrow a 850-foot segment of Riverside Drive nixed by the city of Brainerd, the ball is back in the county's court.
But what will be done by the county has yet to be determined.
In a split vote Monday, the Brainerd City Council decided against approving the Crow Wing County Board-approved plan to reduce part of Riverside Drive to 36 feet in width as it passes Ashmun Road and heads toward Ahrens Hill. The city council's motion was to leave the plans at 44-feet, as was recommended by County Engineer Duane Blanck but rejected in a split vote of the county board at its May 11 meeting.
Because a portion of the county work being done on Riverside Drive is within the city limits of Brainerd, state statute dictates the county plans be approved by the city of Brainerd.
"My first reaction is, we'll see if they send something to us and we'll have to take a look at it again, that's all," said Crow Wing County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr., who expects the item would be on Tuesday's county board agenda.
Blanck could not be reached for comment.
Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said he expects two things could happen, either the county would come back with a revised plan proposal or they would resubmit the 36-foot proposal for city council reconsideration.
But even those options are just guesses at this point, said Hulsether.
"That's a real good question," said Hulsether. "I'm not sure how this all plays out."
Riverside Drive, also known as Crow Wing County State Aid Highway 20, winds through residential areas between Gilbert Lake and the Mississippi River. Original plans called for the road to narrow to 32 feet in width after Ashmun Road and then to 28 feet around Ahrens Hill.
Road construction on Riverside Drive is a joint project being done with the city of Brainerd, which is extending water and sewer to the area.
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