The Breezy Point City Council on Monday, July 1, agreed to move forward with plans to install an eastbound bypass lane and westbound right turn lane on County Road (CR) 11 for Wildwood Court.
Making the decision brought about questions from the council on the long-term plans for CR 11. Crow Wing County Highway Department Senior Engineer Luke Wehseler discussed the option of using a backage road in the area.
Using a backage road would mean closing entrances along CR 11 and building a road behind the buildings those entrances had served. Minimizing entrances on CR 11 would improve safety.
Wehseler told the council that the resolution of support it approved for 2012 construction on CR 11 also included support for the corridor study on CR 11 and long-term plans for CR 11, which included the backage road.
The council, however, agreed it did not remember showing support for the backage road, which was a controversial issue at the time of 2012 construction discussion. Consensus was that a backage road was an unpopular option and not the direction the council currently wished to move.
Wehseler pointed out that while the council approved the resolution of support for the corridor study, the backage road was simply a concept. He said the city did not need to move forward with a backage road at this time and could wait until traffic was higher to revisit the matter.
There was no discussion July 1 on whether the county or the city would bear the cost for the bypass and turn lanes, and Mayor JoAnn Weaver said by phone that the future of the lanes could depend on those decisions.