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This is to inform you of a project that is proposed in your neighborhood. The project involves moving the TH 210 Signal and crossing at Knollwood Drive to Inglewood Drive along with Foley Road Pavement Reclamation,Trail Improvements, sewer and water to Perch Lake properties east of Timberlane Drive, and improvements to the Isle Drive and Forthun Road intersection.

On February 18, 2020, the City of Baxter City Council awarded the professional engineering and related engineering services contract for this project to Bolton and Menk, Inc. The scope of the contract consisted of updating the active feasibility study, a geometric layout, public involvement and coordination with residents, communications with BNSF, final design documents and construction observation services.

Bolton and Menk is a premiere engineering planning and consulting firm that offers services ranging from civil engineering, transportation planning, and landscape architecture. Bolton and Menk believes all people should live in a safe, sustainable, and beautiful community and they take pride in their ability to make that happen. They provide services in four Midwest states with a total of 21 offices: one of them locally here in the City of Baxter.

The goal of the project is for improved traffic circulation and movements that compliments the main roadway arterials of TH 210 and TH 371 along with maintaining and providing a safe pedestrian crossing of TH 210 and the BNSF railway. Relocation of the signalized intersection to Inglewood Drive improves the signal spacing on TH 210, shortens the westbound exit traffic distance to 0.8 miles on Foley Road, and improves regional traffic and pedestrian movements such that Inglewood Drive runs further north and intersects with Pine Beach Rd/CSAH 77. This relocation has been recommended in previously conducted long-range transportation studies and has been in the planning stages for several years.

This project was originally slated for a 2021 construction. At the June 2, 2020 City Council meeting, the council motioned to postpone the project until 2022 after discussing concerns from the project team which are included in this letter. One of the concerns, being that this project includes municipal utilities (sanitary sewer and water) that could result in assessments, the project team wanted to have a surplus of time to let the public contribute their thoughts and fully understand the process. This will give the project the best chance of success of a fully unified plan and support of the project by all.

Project Area Map

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Project Improvements:

  • Foley Rd Pavement
  • Sanitary Sewer
  • Watermain
  • Storm Sewer
  • Boulevard Addition Between Trail and Roadway
  • Railroad Crossing
  • Regional Traffic Movements
  • Flow of Traffic on TH 210

Schedule:

Preliminary Design: Now until Fall 2020
Public Involvement and Input: Summer 2020 to Winter 2021
Final Design: Winter 2021 to Late Summer 2021
Construction: Late Fall 2021 (Private Utilities and Railroad), Spring and Summer of 2022 (Roadway and Signal)

Agencies Involved:

  • Bolton and Menk (Consultant)
  • City of Baxter
  • MnDOT District 3