Public weighs in on London Road construction project

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 07, 2021 10:41 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 07:36 PM

On Wednesday night, the public had the chance to weigh in on an upcoming construction project on London Road.

The project isn't expected to begin until 2025, but MnDOT wants to find out what improvements the community wants to see done with it.

MnDOT officials hosted a virtual public meeting on Wednesday night where the public was able to ask questions about the project.

The project area is going to be from 26th Avenue East to 60th Avenue East.

The goal of the $8.3 million project is to preserve the existing road, and extend the use of life.

Officials say they are also looking into whether there are ways to improve traffic flow, safety, address any road drainage issues, and make ADA improvements.

On the topic of safety, one resident expressed concerns about cars and trucks not following the 30 mile per hour speed limit, and the safety risks that causes.

"Related to the speeding, what ends up happening is because the trucks are speeding and the cars, if somebody stops to make a left-hand turn and there's no lane, they all fly over into the parking lane, and go around you, and that becomes very dangerous because sometimes you're stopped to make a right-hand turn, and you're worried that when you make a right-hand turn, you're going to get hit by somebody," said Tom of Duluth. 

MnDOT says it is too early to tell whether traffic will be routed onto Superior Street during the project.

MnDOT also says there could be crosswalks installed, and that they are considering adding roundabouts at 26th and 40th Avenue East.

The public is encouraged to complete a survey regarding suggested improvements they have for the project. That will be available until April 23.

The results of the survey will be posted on MnDOT's website sometime this summer.  

There will be another public meeting held in the fall to present some of the proposed solutions identified in the survey.

You can find a link to the survey here.

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