<br />MINUTES OF *THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA VILLAGE COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY, JULY 19, i965,
<br />EDINA VILLAGE HALL AT 7:OO P.M.
<br />Answering Rollcall .- were Members MacMillan, axe, Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen.
<br />MINUTES of the .spgc;aj.meeting of July 7, 1965, were approved as submitted by motion
<br />of Tupa, seconded by MacMillan and carried. ,
<br />BENTON AVENU,E - HIGHWAY.100 1NTERSECTION.PLAN CQNTINUED TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO OBTAIN
<br />OPINION OF THEIR OWN ENGINEER. Mr. I-iyde presented recommendations of E. C. Bather G I
<br />Associates, Consulting Engineers, who were retained by the Village to establish traffic
<br />counts and projections in the area and to review Minnesota Highway Department preliminary
<br />layouts 7-C and 7-D.,
<br />Benton Ave. - West of T.H. 100, 1,220 vehicles per day; Josephine AVeb - South of
<br />Benton Ave., 205 vehicles per day; 60th Street - West of T.H. 100, 707 vehicles per
<br />day; Valley View Road - West of T.H. LOO, 4,205 vehicles per day.
<br />to counts of July, 1964, in the same locations, Valley View Road showed an increase
<br />of 1,824 vehicles per day while Benton Ave. was relatively the same with an increase
<br />of 85 vehicles per day. The report further stated that if the Benton Interchange were
<br />eliminated, the cloverleaf at the .Crosstown Freeway and T.H, 100 could not take any
<br />of the local traffic horn the Benton Interchange, because of the fact that T.H. 100
<br />and the Crosstown Highway are of free,way design and access is controlled and limited.
<br />Benton Interchange traffic would, therefore, be forced to filter through residential
<br />streets on their routes to the nearest interchange that would allo# them onto the
<br />interchange is necessary between Eden Aver and the Crosstown Highway and that it should
<br />be located at Benton Ave. because of the fact that Benton Ave. is on the Municipal
<br />State Aid System and serves as an important collector of traf€ic west of T.H. 100.
<br />Layout 7-C was rejected because of the short weaving section between the on-ramp "A"
<br />from Benton Ave. to the off-ramp of the Crosstown Highway.
<br />layout 7-D which is the present proposed plan of the State Highway Department and
<br />which utilizes lake propertyb
<br />design to a loop on the NW quadrant which will serveadsouthbound T.Hb 100 traffic and
<br />provides an adequate weaving section.
<br />stated that he had checked with the State Conservation Department on June 23 to determine
<br />whether or not Melody Lake was spring fed but had not had any response as yet.
<br />Frederick Matthews, 5201 Benton Ave., stated that children had been tampering with the
<br />counter and was told that the Village is aware of this situation but that considering
<br />the problems involved it is felt that 1,220 is a reliable count for Benton Avenue.
<br />Mr. Matthews then stated that he had made a personal count and that there had not
<br />been 500 cars going up Benton and Code Avenues on July 19. Mr. Robert Boran, 5805 East
<br />View Drive, questioned whether or not the interchange would add much tra€fic around the
<br />schools. Mr. Hite replied that the school is the largest traffic generator of the
<br />entire area and that the purpose of the interchange is to carry this traffic more
<br />readilyb A lady in the audience asked if the increased traffic on Benton Ave. tsould
<br />not create problems fop the children at the new grade school at Tracy and Benton Avenues.
<br />She was told that the Village is-%ttempting to prevent a situation like the Wooddale
<br />Avenue traffic from developing in western Edina. Mr. Thomas Hastings, Jr., 5901
<br />Josephine Ave., asked why the interchange couLd not be located at Valley View.Road
<br />and was told that Valley View Road is too close to the Crosstown Highway.
<br />to questions of Mr. Milton C. Nelson, 5905 Josephine Aver, Mr, Braun stated that this
<br />would be a six lane highway and that speed limit would be between 5.0 and 60 miles per
<br />hour. Mr. Hite noted that the frontage road would cross Melody Lake behind 5821 East
<br />View Drive. There are no plans for signalization at the present time, Mr. Clifford
<br />Simonson, 5825 East View Lane stated that he fears that the traffic system under
<br />consideration is for convenience of vehicles only without consideration for the gafety
<br />'of the children. Mr. Hyde replied that the interchange is being located for access to
<br />the schools in as safe a manner as possible.
<br />is a State Aid road and he did not think it fair that residents on Benton have accepted
<br />this aid and now don't want others to benefit from it.
<br />east of France had been widened, and though residents were not particularly pleased
<br />at the time the street improvement hearings were held, they are now very well satisfied
<br />and do not feel that traffic is either exceptionally heavy or fast,
<br />that Benton Avenue traffic will increase whether or not the interchange is built.
<br />Mr. Hastings asked Mr. Braun why the State Highway Department had first proposed a
<br />diamond interchange which would not handle the traffic.
<br />projections and design standards had changed in the past few years. Miss Mary E'. Riley,
<br />5028 Benton Ave., asked what improvements had been made on Benton,
<br />answered that some work has been done, some is being done and other work will be started
<br />in the future under the State Aid program.
<br />owners were charged at a rate of $5.00 per front foot as compared with a rate of
<br />$10.00 to $12.00 per front foot for streets.-that do not have State Aid,
<br />5012 Benton Ave., asked Mr. Braun what other designs had been contemplated.
<br />Traffic counts taken show average 24-hour totals as follows:
<br />In comparison
<br />The Bather Report further stated that they are convinced thae an additional
<br />The Bather Report approves
<br />This design relocates the Ramp "A" traffic
<br />Mr, Richard Braun of the State Highway Department
<br />In response '2
<br />Mayor Bradesen stated that Benton Ave.
<br />Mr. Hyde stated that 60th Street
<br />Mr. Hyde also stated
<br />Mr, Braun replied-that traffic
<br />Mayor Bredesen
<br />Mr, Hyde stated that Benton Ave, property
<br />Mr. Vernon Tew,
<br />Mr. Braun