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Meanwhile, any possible elimination of five stoplights in the Stillwater area — all congregated in a stretch from Lake Elmo Av. in Lake Elmo to Osgood Av. in Oak Park Heights — depends on negotiations involving cities, Washington County and MnDOT.
“Different communities have different plans and visions,” Sandberg said.
Two stoplights closest to the new bridge, at Osgood and at the Oakgreen/Greeley intersection, will remain. Those intersections, however, will be rebuilt to improve traffic flow with adjoining frontage roads as part of the bridge project.
Sandberg said Hwy. 36 is “critically important” to Washington County residents and improvements become more urgent because the county is projected to grow by 130,000 residents by 2030. Once the bridge opens, he said, “the big fear is that Wisconsin is going to grow” and Hwy. 36 will see far more traffic as a result.
For now, he said, “we’re focusing on the intersections and bottlenecks.”
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