by Dennis Dalman
Three stop signs will be installed in the Grizzly Lane area, a road that leads through The Wilds neighborhood of Sartell.
The City Council approved those signs at its April 13 meeting. At a council meeting in March, several residents of that neighborhood urged the council to do something to make that area safer.
The stop signs will be placed at Grizzly and 15th Avenue, at Grizzly and 13th Avenue and at Fourth Street and 13th Avenue. The council agreed that the signs might – just might – help slow down traffic along Grizzly Lane, which runs from the west to the east toward Pinecone Central Park. If the stop signs do not do the job (slow traffic speeds), other options will have to be considered, the council members agreed.
Many motorists use Grizzly Lane as a quick shortcut to Pinecone Central Park and its numerous ball fields.
The road is a winding one, and there are no sidewalks along it, causing pedestrians to walk right along the edges of the road. For years, residents in that area have expressed concerns about traffic moving too fast posing a safety threat to pedestrians that include adults, children, baby strollers and pets.