I live in the neighborhood East of 54th Street and the Edina Gas Station off of France Ave. We already have a book club and an annual block party. We would like to be considered to be our own neighborhood and not grouped with the streets across Minnehaha Creek since we don't see them on a regular basis. Please consider us be our own neighborhood with the boundaries of 54th Street to the North, France Ave. to the West and Minnehaha creek to separate the neighborhoods with the houses on 55th Street to be the South boarder.
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As we implement the neighborhood plans, I would love to see this issue addressed by perhaps a change in the traffic pattern at this intersection as one approaches 70th St, or turns off from 70th street to enter the neighborhood. At present this is an accident waiting to happen; an almost 'blind' yield for Limerick for traffic coming down the hill on Hillside. Further, cars coming off 70th and needing to crossover to get to one or the other lane. It is hard to explain, but anyone who uses this daily will know what I mean.
I think we may want to block traffic access on Hillside between Brook Dr. and the intersection, except allowing for access to/from 70th for the two houses at the end of Hillside. Other traffic can all be diverted so that Limerick is the only street being used to/from 70th street.
This will also address the potential danger on the other end of Hillside, at Brook Dr., again a danger of cars coming down two adjacent descents.
Restriping was done of the lanes on France Ave just north of Hwy 62 last summer. I believe I read in some City Council minutes that though this is a county road, the city had some juristiction over deciding on the lane striping after the road improvements were completed. The decision to go down to only one driving lane between 62nd street and Crosstown has developed some possibly unintended traffic issues. Making turns into our out of 62nd street have become more dangerous. With one steady line of traffic, instead of some alternating traffic in two lanes, it takes a long time for a gap to form. This make some drivers anxious and they end up turning in front of people. The backup from the stoplight going north on France as you reach the Crosstown interchange is also considerable and sometimes backs up past 62nd street blocking the intersection. Construction of the interchange ramps and bridge on Crosstown this summer made things even more difficult.
Could the city review this and consider putting it back to two full lanes at least from the interchange to past 62nd street or even to 58th street where a significant amount of traffic is?
When driving north on France Ave., passing the West Elm development where Pinstripes is located, it seemed that the Potbelly restaurant has a safety hazard unique to its establishment. All the stores that border France Ave., have the back of the establishment facing the street, except for Potbelly. That restaurant has their dining area right against windows that face France, with tables right on the windows. The hazard is that those stores are below a significant embankment without any protective crash barrier. For most of the stores, any vehicle that loses control and jumps the curb (such as when driving on ice) the car plunges down the embankment but hits the reinforced wall of establishment below. Not so with Potbelly. In that circumstance the vehicle goes down the embankment, into the glass with diners right against the window. My recommendation is that Edina evaluate this fluke hazard and perhaps install a protective barrier at the top of the embankment by Potbelly, designed to divert an impact away from diners. Yes, it would be a 1 in 100 scenario, but one I think that could be easily mitigated. Thank you.
I am a big fan of roundabouts for more fluid traffic management, and I think Edina did a great job introducing them on 70th. I am curious, however, why the city has put extensive landscaping in the center of the roundabouts on 70th, impeding a driver's ability to make a visual assessment of incoming traffic? Nearly all small roundabouts I've seen throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have open space for clear visual contact across the whole roundabout. Granted, some roundabouts have statues, monuments, etc., but these tend to be in much larger circles. I am sure the city has an explanation, perhaps they could share it on this site. I am certain they would never compromise safety for aesthetics. What was the guiding principle with not just the prairie flora, but also building several of the circles up as mounds?
As someone who works in Edina and loves spending time exploring the city, I'd love to see more bike lanes! For example, Cahill Road around the area of 70th to 78th is a really wide road. There would be plenty of space to add a bike lane. It'd be wonderful to have some bike lanes incorporated, as I work in the area. I'd bike to work every day and enjoy the beauty of Edina if I had the opportunity to use more bike lanes.
Thank you for this chance to voice my opinion!!
Some how the City of Edina keeps draining Melody Lake either due to mechanical error, human error (left pump running all weekend) and now from street repairs.
Melody Lake is dry for about a block long...killing fish and other water creatures!
I guess they are not concerned about the fish they just killed!
Let's plant something green in those large medians on York near Target and Wendy's. Imagine some nice trees throwing a little shade. Maybe something that blooms in the spring. It's an empty canvas just waiting for something beautiful.