Anoka’s Madison Street will remain 2-way

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After considering changes to traffic flow on an Anoka Street currently under construction, the city has decided to stick with the status quo.

Madison Street, which runs on the north side of Goodrich Field, will remain a two-way street.

A resident had requested the city consider turning the road into an eastbound one-way to address traffic concerns, particularly near the intersection of Madison Street and Fifth Avenue.

But after sending out surveys to people who live in the neighborhood, that change was not supported, according to Ben Nelson, Anoka’s engineering technician.

After a traffic study this spring, Nelson reported to the council that city staff felt turning the street into a one-way could lead to unintended consequences to traffic patterns.

The city followed with a neighborhood survey.

Nelson said they received 42 responses to the 190 surveys that were mailed out.

“The results of the surveys favor Madison Street not to become a one-way and that the street is used to access the neighborhood westbound from Fifth Avenue,” Nelson reported.

Some changes are underway for Madison as part of this year’s street renewal work in the Christian Hills neighborhood. Nelson said a sidewalk along the football field has been added to improve safety. The street has been widened slightly, which will allow for on-street parking on one side.

Nelson said this was requested because many of the driveways in this area are short and narrow, and residents needed more parking options near their homes.

On the south side of Anoka Middle School for the Arts, a portion of Washington Street is one-way, westbound. But that change was made a number of years ago to address bus traffic.

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