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Public hearing set for Lake Road project

A map shows the intersection of Lake Road and Woodlane Drive where a road improvement project's proposed two-lane roundabout would go. Staff graphic by Neil West

The Woodbury City Council voted Feb. 11 to set a public hearing for a proposed Lake Road improvement project that would put a two-lane roundabout at the Lake Road/Woodlane Drive intersection.

The public hearing is scheduled for the Wednesday, March 11 city council meeting. The council will also discuss the proposed project at its Wednesday, March 4 city council workshop.

In addition to a roundabout, the nearly $2.5 million project is proposed to make various improvements on a 3,000-foot stretch of Lake Road east from Woodlane Drive, one of which includes a trail on the south side of Lake Road from Woodlane Drive to Wyndham Way.

City planning and parks staff have said the trail improvements would help connect a loop of park trails in the area, but some residents whose properties will be affected by the proposed installation have opposed the idea.

City staff have met with the concerned residents, said Klayton Eckles, deputy public works director.

"Neighbors have had concerns about the trail and what it means to their property, their landscaping, their trees and so forth," Eckles told council members at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Council members said they would discuss the proposed park trail as a part of the project at the March 4 council workshop and are anticipating resident feedback during the meeting.

"We think our engineering firm can come up with a design that will reduce the impacts to the neighboring areas," Eckles said.

There has not been as much controversy about the proposed roundabout, which, if approved, would be the fourth installed in the city.

Existing roundabouts within the city limits are located at Tamarack Village shopping center, Lake Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway and Radio Drive and Bailey Road.

Eckles told the council that the proposed roundabout at Woodlane Drive and Lake Road will help alleviate the projected increase in traffic at the intersection with the opening of East Ridge High School this fall.

Eckles said a roundabout is a feasible option for the intersection because it reduces the amount of delay to vehicles waiting at the intersection and will also help control traffic speed in the area to the posted 35 mph.

Council members commented they wanted staff to come up with a larger idea of how future potential roundabouts would be planned within the cities road system.