Birch Street (CSAH 34) Reconstruction Project - Ware Road through Birch Court
CSAH 34 (Birch Street) provides east-west mobility and connectivity through the City of Lino Lakes in southeastern Anoka County. As with the Twin Cities metropolitan region, Anoka County and the surrounding areas have experienced rapid growth. Since 1990, the City of Lino Lakes has more than doubled in population. Increased population has resulted in higher traffic volumes throughout the area raising concerns over the safety, access, and mobility needs of the corridor. The improvements to this section of Birch Street are geared toward improving the safe and efficient movement for vehicles and school buses traveling through the corridor and to the middle school from the surrounding communities.
This segment of Birch Street currently averages approximately 12,000 vehicles per day and provides access to Rice Lake Elementary School and several housing developments. The current access to Rice Lake Elementary, the surrounding sports facilities, and housing developments is inefficient and difficult for vehicles and pedestrians. Anoka County has and will continue to work with the Centennial School District and City of Lino Lakes to develop a concept to minimize impacts, while making access to the school and surrounding houses safe and efficient, and address the future needs of this corridor.
Project Background / Description
CSAH 34 is currently an undivided two-lane roadway with left- and right-turn lanes at some intersections along the corridor. Side street intersections are stop-controlled throughout the segment. In addition, there are numerous private access points along the project. Many intersections are not in compliance with the Anoka County Access Management Guidelines. Access to the school has been described as inefficient and dangerous to both commuters and school bus traffic.
Below is an overview of the project schedule, identifying key milestones in the process:
- * Develop Geometric Layout – Spring / Summer of 2019
- * Preliminary Design – Fall / Winter 2019 - 2020
- * Open House – Winter 2020 & Summer 2020
- * Final Design – Fall 2020
- * Construction – Spring 2021 - Fall 2021
Public Involvement Meetings
Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (i.e., Mn/DNR, MnDOT, Watershed Districts, etc.) to residents and property owners living or working along or near the roadway, have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The County recognizes that these interests vary in perspective. The County will use information provided by various stakeholders when making decisions on final improvements. There are a number of activities that will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:
- * Technical Advisory Committee Meetings (technical staff from the County and City)
- * Agency Coordination Meetings (technical staff from local, regional, state and federal agencies)
- * Presentations at City Council Meetings (Lino Lakes)
- * Public Information Meetings (residents and property owners)
These activities will be scheduled throughout the project's development.
Technical Advisory Committee Meetings
Anoka County has assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the TAC include staff from Anoka County and the City of Lino Lakes, and various consultants that gather information essential to the design. The TAC meets monthly to discuss various aspects of this project. The TAC members exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders. The TAC members report information to their various councils and/or boards and provide directives for action during the project's development.
Agency Coordination Meetings
Throughout the project development process, various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from Anoka County and the City will meet with the individual agencies throughout the project development to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies or design improvements necessary to reach a consensus.
Presentations at Council Meetings
Anoka County Staff will present project information at city council meetings and/or workshops to educate and solicit input from elected officials about the benefits of the proposed safety improvement project.
Public Information Meetings
Anoka County will provide informational materials and maps at a Public Information Meeting that will be held during the Winter of 2019/2020, as well as one that will be held in Summer of 2020. The County will inform the surrounding landowners of the upcoming meetings by mailing out individual meeting notices to property owners and residents within a half mile of the corridor. In addition, this website will also contain announcements of the meeting. The meeting will be an open house style format where County and City staff will interact with the public, answering questions and providing information as they look at various boards and maps of the proposed project. Comment cards will be provided to the public to use for written comments and can be completed either at the meeting or at home. Verbal and written comments gathered at the meeting will be reviewed by staff.
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If you have any questions about the proposed project or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact either of the representatives below: