. NINUTES OF THE
<br />EDLNA ViLLAGE COUNCIL,
<br />REGUI;& 'PEETING OF THE 2".
<br />HELD MONDAY, JUNE 7, 1965, AT
<br />7:OO POL, AT THE EDlNA VILLAGE HALL
<br />ROLLCALL was answered by Members klacMillan , Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen.
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of May 17, 1965, were approved as submitted, by
<br />motion of Tupa, seconded by ZilacMillan and carried. . - _,
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<br />BENTON AVENUE - HIGHHAY 100 INTERSECTION PLAN REVLEG7 CONTINUED FOR TRAFFIC .VgLUPIE *
<br />the*Ninnesota Highway Department over the past several years, beginning with
<br />Layout 6 in 1955, and progressing through to Layout 7-D, currently under Council
<br />consideration. Mr* Hite introduced blr. * Richard Braun of the Highway Department ,
<br />who explained that Benton Avenue was selected as the most reasonable street to
<br />retain as an east-west artery connecting the two sides of Edina between the Nest 50th
<br />Street interchange and the Crosstown Highway interchange,
<br />of design, he explained, there would be a bridge at Benton .Avenue and some encroachment
<br />on the pond in the northwest corner of the intersection.
<br />taken under Layout 7-D because of some modifications in the exit and entry ramps.
<br />The southbound entry from Benton Avenue to Highway 100 was moved from the south side
<br />of the bridge to the north side to allow for a more reasonable mixing of entering
<br />traffic and traffic exiting at the Crosstown Highway. Ik, Vernon Tew, 5012 Benton
<br />Avenue, addressed the Council on behalf of the residents of Benton Avenue. and East
<br />View Drive who are affected by the proposed interchange.
<br />from the residents of the area which requested the.Counci1 to approve an overpass at
<br />Benton Avenue, but without. access or egress facilities to Highway LOO. Mr. -Clifford
<br />Simenson, 5825 East View Drive, stated that it was not definitely established that
<br />the proposed interchange would be of service to only residents of the west-central
<br />portion of Edina, but that it would probably invite the traffic of non-Edina origin,
<br />thereby endangering the safety and atmosphere of the residential area,
<br />5300 Benton Avenue, requested the Council to consider the need for more$ not less,
<br />overgasses to connect the community after the severe division by super highways,
<br />Plr. Bob Boran, 5805 East View Drive, pleaded that the Council preserve the pond as
<br />a beauty spot and source of educational material for high school art and biology
<br />studies. Mr. Cliff Hess, 5120 Benton Avenue, argued that the construction of a
<br />multiple purpose overpass and interchange would endanger the school pedestrian traffic,
<br />which was the basic reason for construction of the overpassI The direction of
<br />greater vehicular traffic, through construction of entry and exit ramps to the
<br />bridge, would impair the safety of school children on Benton and the bridge.
<br />stated that entry onto southbound Highway 100 on a southbound ramp of a diamond
<br />interchange would be faster, and consequently safer, than entry on a ramp than loops
<br />from the north side of the overpass, which would allow an entry speed of approximately
<br />20 miles per hour. To declare the use of a diamond interchange at Benton as being
<br />inadequate based on the experience of the diamond interchanges at Penn Avenue and
<br />France Avenue South on Highway 494, he stated, is misleading because Benton Avenue
<br />does not have the present or potential traffic load that either Penn or France
<br />Avenues do, Mr. Braun replied that Benton Avenue has long been designated by the
<br />Village as a State Aid street and it has long been considered the most reasonable
<br />point of access in central Edina on Highway 100. The traffic counts on which the
<br />future traffic load projections are based were made by the Village of Edina and
<br />furnished to the Highway Department, he stated.
<br />change at Post Road and Interstate 494 was an inaccurate analogy, as drawn by Mr. Hess,
<br />because there are no nearby- entry or exit ramps to conflict with the mixing of traffic
<br />as there are with Benton Avenue+and the Crosstown Highway intersections.
<br />Hastings, 5901 Josephine Avenue, asked whether or not the Highway Department was
<br />prepared to handle the problems caused by the natural springs in the pond, and
<br />whether they considered rearranging the scenic attributes ofthe existing pond area
<br />so as not to totally void the area of its attraction.
<br />Highway Department was not aware of natural springs in the pond until very recently.
<br />He did not consider them an insurmountable engineering problem, but would require
<br />further study.
<br />Highway Department was required to employ a landscape architect for the purpose of
<br />preparing plans and conWacts, which meet with local approval, for the best esthetic
<br />utilization of the remaining landscape,
<br />Avenue, disputed the calculations presented in justification of the expanded ramps
<br />from Benton Avenue south on Highway LOO.
<br />highway ramps similar to the proposed ramps at Benton Avenue, which indicated that
<br />the distance required between the nose of the Benton entry ramp and the Crosstown
<br />exit ramp was considerably less than advocated by the Highway Department.
<br />replied that although the design is predicated on a 70 mile per hour or 60 mile per
<br />hour basis, those speeds would probably rarely be attained under actual use ofthe
<br />facility. This is caused by the presence of several decision factors presented the
<br />driver upon entering a freeway.
<br />on the entry ramp which lane he will travel to reach the desired exit point. These
<br />decision factors substantially affect the speed at which a vehicle is able to travel
<br />Mr. Hite presented a review of the improvement proposals submitted by
<br />Regardless of the extent
<br />Eiore of the pond is being
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<br />He presented a petition
<br />Mr. Bob Benson,
<br />-I He also
<br />Braun added that the diamond inter-
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<br />Mr* Braun stated that the
<br />As for preservation or replacement of esthetics, he stated that the I Mr. Frederick Matthews, '!ZXL 'Bent&*. .
<br />He presented calculations based on actual
<br />Mr, Braun
<br />With a choice of three lanes, the driver must decide