Champlin City Council will hold a public hearing on the County Road 12 (West River Road)and Hayden Lake Road improvements on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. during their regular council meeting. The project’s goal is to improve intersection alignment, to funnel traffic towards Highway 169 and develop a parkway design for West River Road.
City Engineer Tim Hanson shared with the council three options for the area: a 30 mph curve alignment, a 40 mph curve alignment and a roundabout. The 30 mph alignment minimizes the need for right-of-way easements and promoted speed reduction in the area.
Access to the frontage road northeast of West River Road would be eliminated and relocated a little further north at Hennepin Landing. Hanson reported residents attending the meeting were in favor of this change.
There are four property owners impacted by the project including an apartment complex and Servant of Christ Lutheran Church. Individuals representing the church were concerned about access to the church’s property. City staff proposed four options for relocating their driveway entrance. The options included changing access to Yukon Avenue, further west on Hayden Lake Road, to West River Road or aligned with the intersection. Hanson said the options have been presented to Servant of Christ to review.
Hanson reported the church representatives along with some other area residents were concerned about the intersection’s safety and brought up the issue of installing a traffic light.
During the work session prior to the April 22 council meeting, City Administrator Bret Heitkamp noted that adding a traffic light would significantly increase the project cost and would require additional financial contribution from the impacted properties.
Council consensus was to pursue the 30 mph curve while Mayor ArMand Nelson said he preferred the roundabout option. Councilor Rick Karasek said he was concerned that a roundabout would cause traffic to back up further. Hanson and Heitkamp said the roundabout option would best serve the interests of the church but would not necessarily achieve the city’s overall goals for the project.
The total project cost estimate is $1.05 million. With the public hearing set for May 13, the timeline shows the project could be awarded as early as June 24 with final completion expected in mid-October.
The improvement is part of the transportation infrastructure improvements identified for the Mississippi Crossings Redevelopment Area, which are identified on the Mississippi Crossings Framework Plan. A goal of this plan is to limit the number of trips utilizing West River Road north of Hayden Lake Road to the users of the redevelopment area. The West River Road and East Hayden Lake Road improvements include a jurisdictional exchange in which County Road 12 (West River Road), from the intersection with East Hayden Lake Road north to Hwy. 169 is exchanged with the city’s East Hayden Lake Road from Hwy. 169 to West River Road. The jurisdictional exchange between Hennepin County and the city provides continuity for County Road 12 as it would connect with County Road 121 at Hwy. 169.
City staff is currently reviewing an agreement with Hennepin County to complete the jurisdictional exchange of the roadways. Although the agreement has not been completed, the basis of the agreement is that Hennepin County will make cash payments to the Champlin. The city would be responsible for certain infrastructure improvements that will be completed on a schedule determined by the city.
Improvements to the East Hayden Lake Road and West River Road intersection are identified to be the city’s responsibility upon completion of the agreement.
The Elm Creek Dam reconstruction project is scheduled for construction beginning in July of 2014. Once this work is initiated, West River Road will be closed at East Hayden Lake Road and also at Hwy. 169. The detour route for traffic during Elm Creek Dam construction would be Hwy. 169 and East Hayden Lake Road. Reconstruction of the East Hayden Lake Road and West River Road intersection prior to closing West River Road provides continuous traffic flow for traffic utilizing West River Road during the Elm Creek Dam construction.
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