Highway 371 construction through Nisswa is complete, and now the city wants signs to identify Nisswa along the highway.
City Planner Loren Wickham told the council Wednesday, Nov. 20, about ideas to erect welcome/identification signs along Highway 371, possibly near Nisswa Avenue on the north end and the traffic signal on the south end of the highway through Nisswa.
The signs proposed would be similar to the former “Nisswa Welcomes You” sign that was at the entrance to downtown on Main Street. East Gull Lake and Lake Shore have similar signs.
Wickham also talked about requests for lighting at Nisswa Avenue and Highway 371. Previously there was a light there, and it was removed when the temporary traffic light was installed at that intersection during road construction.
The idea is to install a temporary light, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will install permanent lighting when Highway 371 expands to four lanes from that intersection north. That is scheduled for 2018.
Another idea is for a sign to identify Nisswa Avenue at a cost of $1,200 per sign.
The council agreed to ask the DNR for a permanent trail from the pedestrian/bicycle tunnel to Hazelwood Drive on the west side of Highway 371.
MnDOT continues to work on the pedestrian/bicycle tunnel. The council agreed to seek bids for a landscaping plan for an area of the tunnel on the downtown side that’s being called a pocket park.
The city also will apply for a Crow Wing Environmental Protection Advised Fund grant for tree planting on city property along the highway. The city received a similar grant this year.