Total project proposed at $1.1 million
By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Champlin City Council approved a resolution requesting funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) to help pay for a $1.1 million Hwy. 169 interchange improvement project.
The interchange is at Dayton Road/Miller Road. The city is requesting $702,000 from MNDOT through its Cooperative Agreement Program, or 68 percent of the total project costs. The remaining share will be allocated from tax increment financing (TIF) funds and Municipal State Aid (MSA) funds. The improvements to Hwy. 169 at Dayton Road / Miller Road intersection are proposed to include:
• A dual left turn lane for eastbound Dayton Road to northbound Hwy. 169.
• An acceleration lane for the eastbound Dayton Road free right turn lane to southbound Hwy. 169.
• Revising the traffic signal system from split phasing for Dayton Road / Miller Road to a flashing yellow left turn arrow.
The intention of the project is to improve mobility and travel throughput at the intersection. The project will make bike access and pedestrian crossings at the intersection smoother by improving existing and future trails to the Park Reserve and City parks. The intent is to improve safety and reduce traffic crashes by an estimated 32 percent. Plans to improve the intersection will be considered for MNDOT’s 2015 fiscal year.