Since fall 2016, Hennepin County has been working with staff and community members to find options for providing a safer and more comfortable pedestrian crossing. There have been multiple attempts prior to 2016 to discuss options, but no consensus was ever reached to proceed with construction.
After recent observations of existing pedestrian crossings and examination of various location options, a site near Arcola Lane has been chosen for improvement. The improvements consist of raised medians and bump-outs. These improvements are designed to:
- encourage slower traffic speeds
- provide pedestrian crossing protection
- protect vehicles traveling from Arcola Lane to Shoreline Drive
- improve traffic guidance on Shoreline Drive
Through the public involvement process, county staff has refined designs based on community feedback. City council approved the proposed design in February 2018. The project will now move into detail design.
In May 2018, temporary delineators were installed on Shoreline Drive near Arcola Lane to allow drivers to experience a prototype of future concrete medians and bump-out improvements planned for early 2019.
The delineators will be maintained for 90 days this summer to give residents and road users an opportunity to experience the configuration. Volumes, speeds and general roadway operations will be monitored during the demonstration and the data will be evaluated to guide refinements for the final design.
The goal of these improvements is to provide a safer and more comfortable crossing opportunity for people walking and biking, encouraging slower traffic speeds and improving driver guidance with striping and signage.
This is anticipated to occur in spring/summer 2018. Construction could begin in late 2018 or early 2019.
Minnetonka Beach project website