by Dennis Dalman
One of the most dangerous intersections in Sartell will likely get a roundabout, but it will cost more than originally proposed.
The intersection, the site of many accidents in recent years, is located at CR 133 and 19th Avenue, west of Pinecone Road where it meets Heritage Drive.
Stearns County Highway Engineer Jody Teich told the council she had some “bad news” to present – the roundabout project will cost more than original estimates. That, she said, is because an engineering study showed the roads leading to the intersection must be redesigned with medians and 19th Avenue must be widened to make the roundabout safe and so that motorists have enough visual clues to prepare for the roundabout ahead. Lighting will also be required on stretches of the roads leading to the roundabout, Teich noted.
Teich said about $175,000 in a safety grant should be available for the project, with maybe more funding available later. The total estimated cost of the project is about $870,000. Stearns County would provide a large share of the funds, and the city the rest.
Teich requested the council approve a consent resolution for the project, which is required so the lengthy state and federal process can go forward.
The council voted unanimously for the resolution.