Council approves 2022 road project amid local concerns


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Vote to approve moving the crossing from Knollwood Drive to Inglewood Drive and construction on Foley Road, Isle Drive and Forthun Road at the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, with about eight people in attendance.

The city hosted a listening session October 7 with around 16 people present.

Two local residents voiced their objections to the road project during Tuesday’s meeting. The two residents spoke previously during the listening session.

Area resident Joseph Erickson was critical of shifting traffic from the nearby shopping area and increasing pressure and traffic on Foley Road with the city’s proposal. He likened it to transforming the residential driveway into another 210 freeway that would need an update, ASAP.

“If this project is successful and the Inglewood junction will fully bring traffic to this residential area,” Erickson said, “and then in five to 10 years they will be looking to put an intersection on the road to alleviate this mess.


The blue line shows the west relief route which would provide an alternate east / west route through Baxter crossing Hwy 210 to a new crossing in Inglewood Drive and connecting Highland Scenic to Woida Road.  Contribution / Bolton & Menk

The blue line shows the west relief route which would provide an alternate east / west route through Baxter crossing Hwy 210 to a new crossing in Inglewood Drive and connecting Highland Scenic to Woida Road. Contribution / Bolton & Menk

The issue of light spacing inside Baxter was also raised in an October 15 email sent directly to Baxter City Council.

The memo, dated Oct. 19, states that traffic light spacing is determined by the zoning of the pavement, what surrounds it and how it is used.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has divided the designation of Route 210 into two zones with Route 371 as the dividing line. The east side of Hwy 210 leading to Brainerd is designated as an “urban / urban road”, allowing a primary access point at half-mile spacings. The west side of Highway 210 is designated as “rural”, allowing a primary access point every 1 mile.

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While the road designation may change in the future, rendering this upgrade null and void, the Town of Baxter is limited in its ability to improve the safety of its residents under rules established by the State of Minnesota, the note says.

Baxter Public Works Manager Trevor Walter agreed with Erickson, but added without making the necessary changes to Hwy 210 now, problems with crossing Hwy 210 and 371 would cause it to fail and be deemed unsafe. by the MNDOT, resulting in the creation of a possible bypass.


Voting to approve construction scheduled for 2022 at the Baxter City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 19, Foley Drive will be narrowed when the intersection is moved, to keep vehicles at a slower pace as they enter or exit from Highway 210. Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

Voting to approve construction scheduled for 2022 at the Baxter City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 19, Foley Drive will be narrowed when the intersection is moved, to keep vehicles at a slower pace as they enter or exit from Highway 210. Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

“We’ve had a lot of different traffic engineers, a lot of different MNDOT engineers over the years. … It has been reviewed by many different people, ”said Walter, adding that the result was the same, with recommendations to create a parallel corridor or risk bypassing Baxter on Route 371.

The estimated total cost of the Foley Road, Isle Drive and Forthun Road Improvement Project is $ 5,597,120.

The project proposes a partial urban section 26 feet wide for Foley Road with a 5 foot grassy boulevard, a 10 foot wide paved multipurpose path, a 22 foot wide front road next to the intersection of Inglewood Drive, a water pipe, sanitary facilities, a sewer to serve the Perch Lake lots at the Inglewood Drive section and a mini-roundabout replacing the T-intersection at Isle Drive and Forthun Road.

Relocating the crossing and signal intersection from Knollwood Drive to Inglewood Drive has an estimated total project cost of $ 3,175,800.


The map shows the project route and the location of the new Inglewood Drive crossing on Highway 210. Contribution / Town of Baxter

The map shows the project route and the location of the new Inglewood Drive crossing on Highway 210. Contribution / Town of Baxter

The connection would create an alternate north / south route through the city, giving motorists an option alongside Hwy 371. This would extend Inglewood across Hwy 210, Baxter’s main east / west artery, and connect Inglewood to Foley Road.

A final assessment hearing is expected in May 2022, with a contract awarded in June and construction scheduled to begin in July and be completed in October of next year.

Tim Speier, editor, can be contacted at 218-855-5859 or [email protected] Go to twitter.com/timmy2thyme to follow him on Twitter.


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