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Peabody Avenue is back in business
The Peabody Avenue neighbors stranded when the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) closed their exit road now have a new and improved replacement.
Residents protested in May when they awoke on a Monday morning to find barricades. The only other exit from the tiny Oak Park Heights neighborhood, which has eight houses, is a steep street that’s unusable in winter. Emergency vehicles and garbage trucks had trouble navigating without an exit road.
MnDOT spent about $5,000 to remove the original gravel road, which connected to a scenic overlook entrance. The new connection, directly to Lookout Trail, cost about $80,000 to build, said MnDOT spokeswoman Jessica Wiens. The cost included adding a culvert for stormwater drainage, raising the road to create a platform at the top that allows better sight distance and safer access to Lookout Trail, paving and erecting signs, she said.