Louisiana Avenue Traffic Calming Project

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Project Area: Louisiana Avenue from W 106th to Old Shakopee Road


About the Project

The City of Bloomington received a neighborhood application for the 2021 Local Street Traffic Management program. This program is a resident option for people living on local, residential roadways that feel there is a traffic speed or cut-through problem. The residents along Louisiana Avenue have submitted an application for traffic calming along this roadway to address their concerns with the amount of motor vehicle traffic and vehicle speeds on Louisiana Avenue. The application refers to the segment of Louisiana Avenue between Old Shakopee Road and W

Project Area: Louisiana Avenue from W 106th to Old Shakopee Road


About the Project

The City of Bloomington received a neighborhood application for the 2021 Local Street Traffic Management program. This program is a resident option for people living on local, residential roadways that feel there is a traffic speed or cut-through problem. The residents along Louisiana Avenue have submitted an application for traffic calming along this roadway to address their concerns with the amount of motor vehicle traffic and vehicle speeds on Louisiana Avenue. The application refers to the segment of Louisiana Avenue between Old Shakopee Road and W 106th Street. The application specifically requested the installation of a series of speed tables along the Louisiana as the preferred traffic calming tool to reduce vehicle traffic and speeds on this local roadway.


Process Steps

  • Data Collection - Staff has started gathering vehicle volume and speed data along Louisiana Avenue and surrounding roadways. This data will be compared with data collected during the temporary device trial.
  • Device Trial - see below for more details
  • Public Meeting - Discuss traffic calming goals, device trial and data collection, estimated construction costs, and feedback from residents in the project area and surrounding areas that may be impacted.
  • Temporary Device Removal
  • Surveys - input surveys with "Petition and Waiver of Hearing" forms will be mailed to the property owners in the benefited area. Input surveys will be sent to the surrounding areas that may be impacted. Notice of public hearings will be included in the survey mailing.
  • Planning Commission Meeting
  • City Council Public Hearing
  • Permanent construction 2022, if approved

Temporary Device Trial - Staff will be installing three rubber speed tables along Louisiana Avenue. Installation is anticipated to be the third week of June. The speed tables will remain in place approximately four or five weeks. Below is the preliminary layout and locations of the three temporary speed tables.Temporary Speed Table


Temporary Speed Table Installation


Proposed Layout and Location of Temporary Speed Tables (3)



Public Meeting - July 13, 2021

A public meeting to discuss this project will be held outdoors on July 13, 2021 at Hampshire Hills Park, 10601 Louisiana Avenue, between 4 PM and 6 PM. The public is invited to a meeting to learn about and discuss the proposed project and the in-place device trial. Staff will be going over project information, next steps in the process, and taking comments, questions and concerns from the neighborhood about this project.

Informational boards presented at the July 13, 2021 Public Open House are located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

This project is part of the 2021 Local Street Traffic Management Program.

To find out more about this program visit the City of Bloomington webpage at https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/eng/local-street-traffic-management-program


Next Steps - Phase 2 Traffic Calming Trial - Turn Restrictions - September 2021

The device trial of three temporary speed tables on Louisiana Avenue has concluded with their removal on August 4, 2021. The trial demonstrated that the speed tables were effective in reducing vehicle speeds at or near the tables and resulted in a small reduction in vehicle volumes on Louisiana Avenue. However, some of the feedback received revealed concerns about maintenance of the roadway and snow plowing equipment with a permanent installation of these devices.

To consider options that may have less maintenance impacts, City staff is going to conduct a phase 2 traffic calming device trial that will place temporary curbing and turn restrictions at the intersection of Louisiana and Old Shakopee, that will test the traffic impacts when restricting left turns onto and off of Louisiana. After the phase 2 trial, the traffic calming effects of the access restriction will be compared to the effects of the speed tables. Please see the median layout on the right side of this page for the design of the right in, right out median.


Questions

Feel free to contact the City staff identified on the right side of this page if you have any questions about this project during the device trial.


Page last updated: 31 August 2021, 13:21