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County Highway 33 (Everton Avenue) Online Engagement #2 February 19, 2021 - March 5, 2021

Welcome to the County Highway 33 (Everton Avenue) Online Engagement #2

Project Area

The project area is located on County Highway 33 (Everton Avenue) between County Highway 32 (220th Street North) and County Highway 2 (Broadway Avenue) in the City of Forest Lake. The project will also include pavement rehabilitation along County Highway 2 (Broadway Avenue) between Washington County Line (Lyons St/Elmcrest Ave) and 19th Street.

Project Goals

What We Heard from Online Open House #1

An online open house was held from Monday, June 22 to Friday, July 10, 2020. Click on the button below to view a summary of the methods and techniques used in the first open house as well as the feedback received from the public.

Project Layout

The layout below shows the preliminary design for CSAH 33 (Everton Avenue) from Broadway Avenue to 220th Street. There are three design considerations where the County is requesting specific feedback. The general location of these items is shown on the overall layout, and links to zoomed-in layouts that include the opportunity to make comments are included below.

Comment Map 1 – Everton Avenue Centerline Shift

A public comment map has been created to give you an opportunity to share your comments on a potential shift of the Everton Avenue centerline. Click on the button below to see a comparison of the design alternatives and provide your feedback.

Comment Map 2 – Trail Crossing Location

A shared use trail is proposed on the west side of Everton Avenue north of 19th Street. Multiple options are being considered for where to have the trail cross from the west side to the east side of Everton Avenue. Click on the button below to see a comparison of the design alternatives and provide your feedback.

Comment Map 3 – Broadway Avenue Trail Boulevard Width

A shared use trail is also being proposed on the south side of Broadway Avenue to connect 19th Street and Everton Avenue. However, available space is limited at the hotel property in the southwest corner of 19th Street and Broadway Avenue. Click on the button below to see a comparison of the design alternatives for boulevard width and finished surface and provide your feedback.

Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

How will this project affect access to my business or property?

Improving safety along the corridor is a goal of the project and evaluating the location and spacing of access points is a key consideration of a safety analysis. The County understands the importance of providing safe and functional access to properties along the corridor. If potential changes to access points are identified, the County will contact property owners directly to review the design and discuss concerns.

Will roads remain open during construction?

Access to businesses and residences immediately adjacent to the roadway will be maintained throughout the project. However, there may be intermittent closures and/or access from one direction only. A pre-construction open house meeting will be held once additional details are known and prior to the start of construction.

Will the design account for additional traffic from proposed developments in the area?

Yes, all design concepts will account for any anticipated traffic from future developments.

Will Washington County need to acquire private property for additional road right of way?

The county will likely need to acquire permanent and temporary easements as a part of this project. As properties are identified where land acquisition may be needed, County staff will contact the owners to begin discussions about the project and its impacts. Any property owners with questions are encouraged to contact the County Project Manager. Once preliminary design is complete and land acquisition needs are confirmed, all impacted property owners will be contacted by the Washington County Property Acquisition Manager to discuss the process moving forward.

What is the process if the county needs to acquire private property?

In cases where acquiring private property beyond the existing right of way is required, the county will go through the its standard process for property acquisition. The county will contact impacted property owners to review existing property conditions. An independent appraiser will be hired to determine the value of the property. The county will make an offer to purchase the necessary easements for the amount determined in the appraisal.

Will the speed limit change?

At this point, the County does not expect the speed limit to change. Speed limits are determined by Minnesota state laws and the state Commissioner of Transportation, not by city or county officials. Drivers choose speeds based on their available sightlines and abilities to react to potential hazards. Posting a higher or lower speed limit has not been shown to significantly affect prevailing speeds. Changes or improvements to infrastructure have been shown to have a greater impact on safety and will be studied for the corridor to improve safety for all corridor users. It is standard Washington County practice to request a new speed study after any major project is complete to ensure that the posted speed limit is appropriate for the new conditions.

We Want Your Feedback

In addition to the comment map, we also have a comment form that can be filled out for any other general comments you have that you would like to share.

Contact Us

Visit the project website below to sign up to receive project email updates.

Project Manager: Morgan Abbott (651-430-4359)