France Ave Safety Improvements

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The City is partnering with Hennepin County to improve safety along France Avenue from approximately West 54th Street to Highway 62. The improvements are lane configuration changes to reduce illegal passing in the parking lane.

The City is partnering with Hennepin County to improve safety along France Avenue from approximately West 54th Street to Highway 62. The improvements are lane configuration changes to reduce illegal passing in the parking lane.

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    Hello. The traffic and danger associated with turning from 60th (going north or south) is particularly problematic. At rush hour, it's often a 5 (or more) minute wait. How will this be addressed? Right now, a lot of traffic that might turn on 60th is going through the roads (often at high speeds) between 58th and 60th. How will this affect that traffic pattern?

    NordEast Edina asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the questions. At this time, staff does not believe that the proposed striping changes on France Avenue will impact turning conditions at West 60th Street. What is more likely to be causing changes to traffic conditions in this area is the current reconstruction of West 58th Street. Staff can review turning conditions at West 60th Street once that construction has been completed.

    Andrew Scipioni - Transportation Planner

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    As a homeowner who lives on France Ave in the affected area, will guests to my home be allowed to park on the shoulder, or where will they be allowed to park? Other than my driveway, which only has room for a couple of cars.

    Steven C. asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question. Please continue to use your driveway, adjacent streets or ask your neighbors if you could use their driveways when you have larger gatherings. Parking will not be allowed on the shoulder after the changes are made and No Parking signs are installed. 

    Thanks - Chad Millner, City Engineer

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    I don't get how restriping will change behavior rather than providing people the opportunity to park as needed. Can you explain the difference? It seems like changing this to a boulevard or adding a sidewalk to the other side of the road with a buffer zone would actually meet more of the intended goals.

    Nick C. asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the questions. Operators will no longer have a need to become impatient and pass in the parking lane because this project will provide space for left turning vehicles and for thru traffic to continue. The behavior change is accomplished by changing lane assignments. Adding boulevards and sidewalks improves the pedestrian environment but does not change the vehicle behavior. We are also working with the county on additional sidewalks along France where they are missing.

    Thanks - Chad Millner, City Engineer