Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The project would realign Minnetonka Mills Road—among several other changes.
Alice Smith students returning to school next year should find the nearby streets safer because of a $3.1 million project that envisions substantial changes to the roads. “We’re very excited about the project this year,” City Engineer John Bradford said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “We’ve got some big improvements in front of Alice Smith school.” Hopkins historically completes one big street project a year covering a handful of streets in a single area. This year’s project would realign Minnetonka Mills Road so that it dead ends at Ninth Avenue. Where the confusing existing intersection contains three roads and an Alice Smith exit, the new traffic pattern would shunt Minnetonka Mills drivers onto Fourth Street North or give them the …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Hopkins aims for streets that everyone can use.
Conjure up an image of the perfect local street. That perfect street almost certainly has smoothly flowing traffic. Perhaps it also has generous sidewalks, space for cyclists and accessible public transportation. Maybe it even has green space, shops and other quality-of-life features. The perfect street—you might say—is complete. Across the country, communities are moving toward so-called “complete streets.” Hopkins is getting in on that movement for itself with upcoming road projects and a comprehensive sidewalk plan. The city is already the third most-walkable community in Minnesota, behind only Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to Walk Score. But complete streets is about more than just pedestrians. It’s about building streets that …
A look at ideas under consideration for Hopkins roads.
After debate this year about sidewalk priorities, Hopkins started putting together a comprehensive sidewalk plan that will guide future development. The Zoning and Planning Commission kicked off the process last month by identifying corridors most in need of sidewalks and other complete-streets features. City Engineer John Bradford will discuss ideas with the Park Board in July. Hopkins will then host three public meetings in August and September before bringing a draft to back to Zoning and Planning, the Park Board and the City Council for final approval in September and October. Hopkins will welcome public input throughout the process. But with the planning just getting started, Bradford sat down with Hopkins Patch to discuss some of the…
A look at some complete streets features.
Complete streets is about creating streets that everyone can use. Much of that involves leveling the playing field between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Here's a look at some of the features that do that. *** This story is part of a three-part package: