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Improving local intersections

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 18, 2022
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The Pavement Management Program paves the way to smooth driving conditions in Bloomington. The City is committed to providing a cost-effective street maintenance program that ensures more than 340 miles of streets are safe and functional. Here are a few of the improvements made through the PMP this year:

Xerxes Avenue and 88th Street

The City reconstructed this oversize intersection to better fit with the neighborhood context and scale for the local and collector roadways. The improvements provide shorter crossing distances for pedestrians.

Xerxes Avenue at Brookside Park

A new crosswalk and pedestrian access to Brookside Park at this intersection was added to improve neighborhood access to the park. A future project in this area will improve pedestrian crossing safety across West 98th Street at Xerxes Avenue.

Queen Avenue at Old Shakopee

The intersection was realigned to improve sight lines at the intersection for drivers turning onto Old Shakopee Road and to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance while walking in this area.

School area improvements at Valley View Elementary

The City worked with Bloomington Public Schools representatives to address safety concerns with some school crossings near Valley View Elementary. One of the improvements included the construction of a curb bump-out at East 88th Street and 3rd Avenue South that will improve visibility of the students and pedestrians crossing.

Louisiana Avenue splitter island and traffic calming

As part of a larger neighborhood project, crews installed a splitter island at Louisiana Avenue on the north side of Old Shakopee Road that only allows vehicles to access and exit Louisiana Avenue with a right-in or right-out movement.  The neighborhood goals for this roadway were to find a way to reduce cut-through traffic and speeds.

For more information about the program and process for local roadway traffic calming, visit blm.mn/traffic or contact Paul Jarvis at pjarvis@BloomingtonMN.gov.