Briefs: Dangerous Washington County road in Grant will get traffic alert

  • Updated: August 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM

A stretch of county road that Grant residents described as dangerous because of poor visibility and rude commuters will receive a new traffic alert system, the first of its kind in Washington County.

The county will work with the city of Grant to design and construct an “Intersection Conflict Warning System” at Lake Elmo Avenue and 69th Street North, County Engineer Wayne Sandberg told the County Board. Lake Elmo Avenue also is known as County Road 17.

Last October, more than 160 Grant residents signed a petition protesting what they said was a surge of speeding traffic through their neighborhood because commuters were dodging construction zones and busier roads with stoplights.

Resident Mary Michels told the County Board that aggressive drivers had turned nasty by tailgating other drivers and waving obscenities. Problems worsened because Lake Elmo Avenue crests a hill near the entrance to 69th Street North, she said.

The new system will be installed where the hill obstructs sight lines between passing traffic and cross traffic. The option of lowering the hill was studied but rejected because doing so would have been costly and created “property impacts,” Sandberg said.

Grant will lead the design portion of the contract and the county will lead the construction phase. The project will be funded through the county’s Safety/Traffic Capacity budget and is expected to cost the county $80,075.

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