Two traffic signal projects on tap

Anoka County will be replacing two traffics signals in Coon Rapids in 2013.

One is at Northdale and Crooked Lake boulevards, which will involve some lane channelization work, and the other is at Coon Rapids and Round Lake boulevards, which will involve a straight signal replacement.

Federal funds have been approved for both projects covering most of the cost, according to Doug Fischer, county highway director.

The county and city of Coon Rapids will split the remainder, Fischer said.

The Anoka County Board’s Public Works Committee has authorized staff to negotiate joint powers agreements for both projects with the city that will spell out the scope of the work and the cost sharing.

In addition, the board, on the recommendation of the committee, has authorized the acquisition of right of way for the work at the Northdale/Crooked Lake intersection.

As many as 11 parcels could be impacted by this project, which will involve constructing dedicated right-turn lanes at all legs of the intersection, extending from 117th Lane N.W. to Bittersweet Street N.W. on Northdale and from the railroad tracks to 117th Lane on Crooked Lake Boulevard.

Right now, the through lanes are also right-turn lanes at the intersection on both Northdale and Crooked Lake boulevards, Fischer said.

Once the project is completed, there will be separate through and right-turn lanes, he said.

There are currently dedicated left-turn lanes on all legs of the intersection.

The work at Coon Rapids and Round Lake boulevards, for which the county has received $367,200 in federal dollars, will involve installing a new traffic signal and restriping.

There are currently dedicated right- and left-turn lanes on all legs of the intersection, so no channelization work is needed, according to Fischer.

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