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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Round-about proposed at intersection

 

A round-about such as this is proposed at the intersection of Highway 73 and County Road 10.

Roberta Dwyer, project manager from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), attended the Safe Routes to School meeting October 6, to discuss the intersection of Highway 73 and County Road 10, which is along the route students will take to the new Moose Lake Community School.

"We are very close to finalizing the plan through town," she told the group. "Alliant Engineering is doing the traffic engineering."

When asked about the intersection leading to the new school, Dwyer said that there was no plan other than to add a turn lane.

"Based on all of the information we have to date, a traffic signal is not warranted," said Dwyer. "There are pros and cons for a traffic signal. They put in a round-about in East Grand Forks by a school."

Dwyer went on to explain a round-about is a circle in the middle of an intersection. Vehicles stop before they drive around the circle and exit in the direction they wish to go.

"It controls speeds," she added. "They would not enter the intersection at 55 miles an hour. It is a much smaller footprint for pedestrians crossing the highway. There is less pavement to cross. The latest philosophy is that pedestrians would cross on the side before the circle, but we will have to look at designs first."

There were questions about large vehicles going around the circle.

"We built a much larger one in Hibbing," said Dwyer. "There is more traffic and huge loads go though there."

She added curbs would be low around the circle and trucks could go up and over the round-about, if necessary.

"I need to look and see what fits in with the land available," said Dwyer. "If it is determined that we should move forward with changes, we need to meet with the larger group."

A special meeting with local government and school officials was set for Thursday, November 3, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 115 at Moose Lake High School.

Meghann Levitt, Safe Routes to School coordinator, said she could send a letter of intent about applying for a grant for the project. "The application is due the end of January," she said. "I can apply for the grant if we know what will be at that intersection. The grant would provide 80 percent of the cost and the city would have to provide 20 percent."

Superintendent Robert Indihar and elementary Principal Kraig Konietzko reported that the Walk and Bike to School Day that morning went very well.

Konietzko said it is not known if there will be a Walk and Bike to School Day next year to the new school.

The next monthly meeting will be set at a later date.

 

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