Public meeting Nov. 6 on roundabouts proposed for St. Francis

The Anoka County Highway Department will hold an open house Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m. at St. Francis High School for those who would like to learn more about the Bridge Street roundabout project scheduled for construction in 2015.

The Bridge Street (County State Aid Highway or CSAH 24) project is in response to a steadily increasing number of collisions between Kerry Street and Poppy Street (County Road 72) in front of the St. Francis High School.

The county describes the problem as being the result of “multiple accesses, lack of traffic control, lack of pedestrian facilities and number of young drivers have contributed to a situation through a downtown area that creates both safety and mobility problems.”

Anoka County applied for and received federal Surface Transportation Program funds in 2011 to reconstruct the road segment in question, which is a little more than one-half mile long. The project will involve adding a center median just east of Kerry Street through the intersection with Poppy Street and County Road 72 (Rum River Boulevard). The existing intersection at Poppy Street and Bridge Street will be reconstructed into a new roundabout and a trail will be built on at least one side of the road to serve the schools and local businesses.

The intersection of Lake George Boulevard (CSAH 9) and Bridge Street will also be reconstructed into a roundabout, and the southern approach of Lake George Boulevard will be realigned.

A new city street will be built on the north side of Bridge Street to provide access to businesses and the high school. Kerry Street will be closed at its current location and reconnected to this new street.

The Nov. 6 open house will take place in the high school commons area.