A project team has chosen a design that aims to improve safety, reduce congestion and better control traffic at a busy intersection near Roseville Area High School.
A high volume of school traffic coupled with a lack of turn lanes on Ramsey County Road B2 creates safety concerns at the intersection with Lexington Avenue, Ramsey County officials said.
About 20,000 cars pass through this intersection daily. The latest crash data shows that there were 14 accidents at the intersection between 2017 and 2019, many of which were caused by line-of-sight issues, when drivers passed on the right side of a vehicle turning left, according to the county.
Widening County Road B2 and providing dedicated turn lanes should reduce accident rates, county officials said. In previous testing, right-turn lanes were featured on the road in each direction without widening the road, but they were removed due to confusion among motorists. Lexington Avenue already has dedicated turn lanes.
Ramsey County and the City of Roseville are partnering on this project, with the county taking the lead. The cost is expected to be approximately $2 million, which is paid for through a mix of county funds, city and state aid, and federal Highway Safety Improvement Program dollars.
Last year, the project team developed two possible designs and held an open house in the high school to gather input from neighbors, drivers and sidewalk users.
Alan Maxwell, a project manager at Ramsey County Public Works, said the preferred design was chosen for a few key reasons. In addition to working well for vehicular traffic, he said, it provides more room for an 8-foot-wide walkway on the southwest side of the intersection; Has no effect on the high school tennis court; and is cost effective.
Maxwell said the design would make the intersection safer with a new curb bump-out, which would slow traffic as it approached the high school and crosswalk.
“The reconstruction will also improve the accessibility of the crosswalk, ensuring that everyone can safely use the sidewalks and trails in Roseville,” he said.
Striped 5-foot-wide shoulders are incorporated into the design and reflect the goals of Ramsey County’s pedestrian and bicycle planning.
Maxwell said construction is expected during next year’s road construction season and will be finished by the fall.