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Study finds need for road changes

The Rosemount City Council adopted a transportation study Tuesday that calls for the future realignment of County Road 46 and for Biscayne and Akron Avenues to be connected.

The study, done as a cooperative effort through the University of Minnesota, Rosemount, Dakota County, Empire Township and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, reviewed the east-west and north-south corridors through the UMore Park area and identified future needs.

"As this study identifies corridor needs and alignments in concept only, the study will be used as a guide for future development of the area to preserve appropriate transportation corridors," said Andy Brotzler, the city's engineer.

The most significant corridors for Rosemount are the ultimate alignment of County Road 46 and a future connection of Biscayne Avenue to County Road 73, also known as Akron Avenue said Brotzler in a memo to the city council.

Additionally, with limited opportunities to expand Highway 3, a north-south corridor that connects Biscayne Avenue in Empire Township to County Road 73 in Rosemount has been identified as a potential reliever in the future.

Because the UMore property is mostly agricultural few plans existed for the area, which includes the southeast corner of Rosemount. The university plans to develop the property and could bring 25,000 to 30,000 people to the area in the next 20 years. The university's plans led to the creation of the study.

The study cost $100,000 to conduct. The city's portion of the cost - 22.5 percent - will be paid by the university. Brotzler said as the proposed development of the UMore Park property was a primary driver for the preparation of the study, the cost was determined to be a development related cost that should therefore be paid by the University of Minnesota.

All of the partners were asked to formally approve the study. To date the county, Empire and the university have taken formal action.

Three open houses were held early in the spring to garner public comment.

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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