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Akron could grow down the road
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A corridor study will evaluate the merits of Akron Avenue becoming a north-south arterial roadway to support growth and development. Rosemount has partnered with Dakota County and Inver Grove Heights to fund the study.

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As development continues on the eastern side of the Rosemount, city administrator Dwight Johnson said the city has an interest in improving the road. While the project is years down the road, Johnson said the eventual alignment of the road will have an impact on how Rosemount develops.

The study will look at the Pine Bend area including County Road 28 to the north, Highway 52 to the east, County Road 42 to the south and the Eagan and Inver Grove Heights border to the west. Specifically, the study will evaluate the future alignment and disposition of Akron Avenue (CR 73) running north-south.

“Where the road will be in the long run has some implications for us as a city,” said Johnson.

The cost of the study is $130,000. Dakota County will provide the lion’s share of the funding, paying 55 percent of the costs, while Inver Grove Heights will pay 30 percent and Rosemount’s responsibility will be 15 percent.

As population of the area grows, transportation has become more and more of an issue. Johnson said improvements to Akron Avenue will be made as development necessitates. The project is listed as part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2018 but Johnson said that’s simply a placeholder to keep it on the city’s radar.

As part of the study, there will be a public involvement process and development alternatives created. The end result will be a vision for the highway network for the area and roadway information that will aid moving forward. As part of the study, there will be a public involvement process and development alternatives created. The result will be a vision for the highway network for the area and roadway information that will aid moving forward. The study is anticipated to be complete by spring 2015.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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