UnitedHealth project has neighbors worried

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2012 - 11:23 AM

The health care giant has started building an Eden Prairie campus, prompting concern among residents about traffic and other effects on their neighborhood.

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jamue11eOct. 3, 12 8:34 AM

So, let me get this straight. She lives on Bryant Lake, the UH campus is on Bren and 169. And she is worried about traffic driving through HER neighborhood? Maybe folks who work there and live in the neighborhood will have to take a different route, but there is a UH campus on the other side of Bren and 169 currently. I've seen the long stream of cars driving down Vernon and the frontage road from Edina right into the parking lot on the east side of 169. We have property taxes that get put into funding for road work. Keep this in mind when complaining about traffic and not widening roads. First world problems from Suburbanites.

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elmi0001Oct. 3, 1210:20 AM

When you live between 494/212/62/Shady Oak you are going to have some additional traffic noise. As far as cut-through traffic, I would not count on it. This lady probably complained when they put in the regional park too.

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tordskoogOct. 4, 12 1:26 AM

Mrs. Lynch is an official of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District which has long known about the project because the small environmental agency reviews all development plans of this magnitude within its geographical area. The Eden Prairie News has published a number of stories over the past two years about the project. I have little sympathy for those who seem to be complaining that they didn't know about the project -- one that sits about a half mile away from any residential neighborhood. The Highway 62 traffic, as some have noted, will become a real challenge. Until LRT arrives, maybe commuter blimps and helioport would help.

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jimmywestoneOct. 4, 1210:26 AM

Simple solution to the traffic: Make 62 3 lanes between 35w and highway 169

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colonel715Nov. 27, 12 4:16 PM

Sure, traffic will increase, but the long-time resident is making some wild assumptions when she asks what 6,700 more vehicles will look like. Only the 2 smaller buildings are opening in 2013 and the light-rail line could easily be in place before the other 2 buildings go up. I work for UHG and see this location (roughly 9 miles from home) as easily bikable.

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