TIGER grant modal integration project – crossing Highway 3

There was an open house for the TIGER grant project to build an underpass under Highway 3 at Greenvale Avenue last week.  I’ve supported this project, but I sure wish it wasn’t needed because it is very expensive and takes some creative engineering to try to retrofit this area to reunite east and west.

If only, I have been thinking, MNDOT had adopted its context sensitive solutions attitude when the highway was reconstructed and if only the state of MN and Northfield had adopted their Complete Streets statute and policy before the highway was reconstructed because it would have been much easier and cheaper (and more direct, geographically speaking) to have build the pedestrian crossing and bicycle facilities into the highway design.