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Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

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Elton Hills Drive Safety Improvements

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A Council Initiated Action (CIA) regarding Elton Hills Drive was submitted by Council Members Johnson and Palmer on May 20, 2019. The CIA outlined the request for Public Works to, in summary, implement previously recommended safety improvements and turning restrictions on Elton Hills Drive NW. 

As part of that process, the Public Works Department identified the need to perform a traffic study for Elton Hills Drive to help determine the street space, use, and lane configuration of the corridor. Concerns had been raised regarding the safety of Elton Hills Drive, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, mobility needs, and prevalence of speeding motorists. In 2016, Rochester Public Works had previously submitted a project proposal to reduce Elton Hills Drive from its 4-lane undivided cross-section to a 3-lane cross-section with on-street bicycle lanes. Ultimately that concept alternative did not move forward. There was a renewed interest in identifying potential safety and mobility improvements for the corridor, which includes re-evaluating the feasibility of conversion to a 3-lane roadway.

The results of the Elton Hills Drive Traffic and Safety Study and the Public Open House were heard by the City Council on December 16, 2019. As directed by City Council on that date, the needs of Elton Hills Drive NW will be weighted against the needs of the rest of the community and prioritized accordingly. If deemed to be a high priority, work could potentially be added as a Capital Improvement Program project in the 2021 budget and programmed for sometime in the following 6 years. Public Works currently does not have any plans to bring forward additional recommendations for improvements on Elton Hills Drive NW.

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