Construction of Riverside Drive from James Street to Beaver Dam Road is in the final stages.
Duane Blanck, Crow Wing County highway engineer, updated the county board Tuesday on the road that is also known as County State Aid Highway 20.
Blanck said this portion of the road is known as Phase tTo and is included in the Minnesota Department of Transportation storm sewer project for the Highway 210 improvements, which is now underway. He said placement of the signs and minor clean-up remains.
Blanck said since Phase Two has been completed the county has received a couple of complaints from people who expressed their displeasure with the pavement markings and the four-lane concept.
Blanck said the four-lane concept was determined to accommodate the increasing traffic count for this section of the road. He said the traffic count is nearly 10,000 vehicles. Between Jackson Street and Beaver Dam Road, the traffic count is 6,000.
Complaints the county received were that the design of the road encourages speeding and there is no location for biking or walking.
"We believe biking can readily be accommodated in the outer limits of the outside lane and walking can be accommodated either on the concrete gutter or on the backside of the curb," said Blanck. "Rarely are pedestrians observed in this segment and it is our opinion that should specific accommodations be necessary in the future a separated walkway/bike path ought to be provided."
Phase Three of the Riverside Drive project will be the reconstruction from Washington Street to James Street. Phase Four, which is being reviewed by MnDOT for approval, goes from Beaver Dam Road to Ashmun Road which will include water and sanitary sewer by Brainerd.
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