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With Urban Village on the Horizon, Woodbury OK's Radio Drive Expansion Plans

Washington County officials also detailed why the Radio Drive-Hargis Parkway intersection will have a signal instead of a roundabout.

As Woodbury prepares for a new mixed-use development at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road, the City Council on Wednesday approved plans for roadway expansion in the area.

Radio Drive will be expanded from two lanes to four from Bailey Road to Hargis Parkway, and a third pedestrian underpass will be installed near the Radio-Bailey intersection. (County staff is busy with other projects, so Woodbury is acting as the lead agency for the roadwork.)

Bielenberg Gardens, which calls for retail, commercial and residential growth across 200 acres at the site, “is really driving this project,” City Engineer Klayton Eckles said.

The developer wants to move forward with the work, and Woodbury is hoping to begin construction next May while also being cognizant of the coming roadwork on Woodbury Drive and timing the two projects to minimize the impact to traffic in the southern portion of the city.

       Related: Woodbury Eyes Plans for New Mixed-Use Development 

       Related: Radio Drive Expansion Will be on Woodbury’s Schedule

The Radio Drive expansion is estimated at $3.02 million, with the city footing a third of the bill. Woodbury has received a grant for the cost of the pedestrian underpass. There will be landscaping upgrades and a median, and power lines on the east side of Radio Drive will be buried to “clean the site up,” Eckles said.

“It’s a significant project, even though it’s only a quarter of a mile,” he said.

Roundabout

Don Theisen, Washington County public works director, outlined why staff recommends a signal at Hargis Parkway and Radio Drive rather than a roundabout.

The county has learned lessons from the accidents at the Radio Drive-Bailey Road roundabout, Theisen said, and many of those same issues would crop up were a roundabout installed at Hargis Parkway.

Also, by 2030 projected traffic counts along Hargis Parkway would be only 20 percent of those along Radio Drive, he said.

While Theisen said the county is supportive of roundabouts in general, “they’re not black and white.”

In response to a question from Councilwoman Julie Ohs, Theisen said the signal at Hargis Parkway could be timed to coordinate with regular events like football games at East Ridge High School.

 

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Kris Janisch November 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I kind of with Rebholz would have been at the meeting. Just to hear him talk about roundabouts and a system of roundabouts.
Kris Janisch November 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
*wish Using the wife's computer and instead of the red squiggly line it auto-corrects. Prefer the line.
ScottRAB November 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Great reporting, not. What 'lessons' were learned if they're walking away from a safer and more efficient form of traffic control?
Kris Janisch November 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Something about double left turn lanes. Tough to explain without a graphic. It did sound like they're thinking of revamping the outlay of the Bailey-Radio roundabout. Thanks for the comment Scott.
ScottRAB November 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Outlay is what you pay for something. the way a road is marked is the layout. I would ask more questions, but I'm sure you've had enough for today.
Kris Janisch November 17, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Thanks Scott.
Kris Janisch November 17, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Let me know. I could always use an angle.
Julie Bunch November 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Do you know if the pipeline bike/walking trail crossing at Bailey Road will go over, or under with another tunnel? It's a well used trail but getting across Bailey could be a major risk/challenge with what I assume will be more traffic to this area of town.
Kris Janisch November 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It would go under for a third at that site. I know the city wants people to be able to move easily between the Bielenberg Sports Center and the urban village.
Julie Bunch November 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Kris, I'm talking about where it comes straight down the hill to Bailey, between Cheshunt and Benjamin...or would you have to go over to Radio and cross there? That will be a spot where people will be cutting across the road if there is not a tunnel there...very dangerous!
Kris Janisch November 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Sorry, Julie. I'm not sure.
mary jensen November 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Too bad they did not learn the lessons BEFORE they designed the new County Road 19 which has no underpasses and 2 roundabouts! Gotta love the County who are so idiotic when it comes to road construction. They say one thing and do something totally different.
Paul Whackernutz November 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
1. What happens when the signal is red to north/south traffic and it backs up to the roundabout at Bailey? 2. Interesting that these "lessons" about roundabouts were learned after they were incorporated in to the Woodbury Dr design over the objections of parents with kids that will have to run the gauntlet at Lake & Woodbury.

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