Don't like roundabouts? Want more signal lights?
Now is the time to be heard if you have a suggestion or comment about the College Drive reconstruction project in Brainerd.
An open house is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 in Room E203 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. A formal presentation will be at 6 p.m.
The nearly one-mile project corridor runs from Quince Street near the Brainerd High School to County State Aid Highway 48.
Construction is not anticipated before 2010.
In an open letter to residents and business owners, the city of Brainerd said, "The proposed concept includes maintaining the existing alignment with minor shifts to minimize impacts. The alternatives include a signalized corridor, a roundabout corridor and a corridor using a combination of signals and roundabouts."
A roundabout is a circular intersection with yield signs at points of entry. This type of design is popular in Europe.
Central Lakes College is encouraging students and staff to attend the open house.
In a notice to students and staff, Kari Christiansen, CLC vice president of administrative services, said the options include adding stoplights and/or roundabouts at key intersections on College Drive at: CSAH 48; Mississippi Parkway, beyond the Pines Apartments; Fourth Street Southwest; Fourth Street; and Quince Street.
Christiansen noted the following are common to all proposals:
College Drive would be a four-lane divided road with center median along the majority of the corridor.
CLC's main entrance on Sixth Street Southwest would be closed to traffic.
The entrance to the Findorff Athletic Complex would be right in, right out only.
The entrance to the apartments across from CLC on College Drive may be closed, if a backage road is put in place.
There would be a trail on the north side of College Drive for pedestrian and bikes.
There would be a sidewalk on the majority of the south side of College Drive from CSAH 48 to the high school.
The Pines Apartments driveway may need to be changed to enter from Mississippi Parkway rather than College Drive.
Additional pedestrian crosswalks will be installed along the corridor, including an underpass from Kiwanis Park under the road to East River Road.
For more information about the project, contact Jeff Hulsether, Brainerd city engineer, at 828-2309.
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