At the hub of Stillwater traffic controversy, a family grocery store

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Len’s Family Foods, worried what the loss of customer parking will mean for its business, opposes any changes to a busy intersection.

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Willy53Sep. 8, 13 9:33 AM

First bad assumption leading to horrible decision: building a megabridge south of Stillwater will somehow lead to less traffic in Stillwater. Second bad assumption: replacing traffic calming intersections and creating faster traffic flow will help the neighborhood and intersection. I drive through this intersection every work day. I stop at Len's frequently. Neither is any problem at all. Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone, especially when it comes to traffic engineers from MNDOT. The fact that traffic backs up a bit here simply makes drivers and commuters find other routes, an effective way to disperse traffic. When you streamline designated routes in neighborhoods the streets begin to change into highways. This plan should be stopped immediately. Let the cursed bridge be built and see what happens to traffic in Stillwater. Already the merchants downtown have expressed worry about traffic diversion and want public dollars to study solutions to this problem created by the bridge. How many more traffic problems in Stillwater will be exacerbated by the bridge? Get ready.

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carbonbigfotSep. 13, 13 2:15 PM

Many traffic problems in Stillwater will be fixed by the new bridge. It will reduce some traffic at this intersection, but most of this traffic is probably local. Adding turn lanes would be a help, as there are none there at this time. Adding a "mini-roundabout" would cause many MORE problems with people not yielding to other traffic. At least now, drivers have to make it look as if they stopped for the 4-way stop signs. Another option would be smaller traffic lights that would fit the neighborhood feel.

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mattcbrOct. 4, 13 6:02 AM

Looks like they're going to hold off on building the roundabout thankfully: http://stillwater.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/stillwater-roundabout-plans-yield-for-st-croix-crossing-project

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segavinJan. 8, 1412:39 PM

Roundabouts ("traffic circles") have been a proven way to increase traffic flow. Unfortunately most people in Minnesota are not properly educated drivers and need to learn how to use them first. Roundabouts for everyone!

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