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The county worked with residents last year when they opposed details about the project including the width of the roadway, reducing it from four lanes and a median to just two lanes with some turn lanes. Instead of cutting down more than 800 trees, the county reduced it to about 200 trees.
“All parties seem to be content with the situation,” Anderson said. “Some neighbors are not that happy. But there are trade-offs.”
Documenting the road
Minnetonka Beach filmmaker Steve Doyle is trying to document that tension and the years of working to reach a compromise. The former KMSP-TV anchorman and reporter and WCCO-TV producer is working on a documentary about the picturesque road before construction, filming it and interviewing residents and officials.
The 30-minute documentary is being funded by private donations and, Doyle hopes, will be shown on local TV and distributed to other communities next year. He plans to return after construction to document the new road.
“It’s to archive the road as it looks now, to tell the story of the road and also to tell the story of the David and Goliath battle … the neighborhood grass roots efforts that sprung up on Bushaway,” Doyle said. “It’s a good story … of people who really stuck with it over 20-25 years and have been able to strike up a compromise. It’s inspiring.”
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