Lake Minnetonka cities explore creating scenic byway

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Officials hope to market the area and point visitors toward attractions.

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southsuburbFeb. 9, 1410:28 PM

I don't think that area is hurting for people. It's overcrowded as it is. If they really want to make it like Stillwater, get a trolley going.

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davemn55Feb. 10, 14 4:19 AM

Like Stillwater? Help us all!!!!

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texas_technomanFeb. 10, 14 5:33 AM

If you want to promote tourism, what will having a byway, so you can circle the lake (last time I looked you can do that already), then drive back to your hotel in Mpls or Bloomington....? And I agree with southsuburb, I grew up on Minnetonka...left the state for 30 years, and came back in 2011. I was in Excelsior last summer and could not believe the number of boats in the bay just outside of town...overcrowded is an understatement.

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dvsdan123Feb. 10, 14 5:50 AM

I can hear the lake residents already. "More traffic? Not in my backyard."

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mrprogressiveFeb. 10, 14 5:50 AM

You can boost tourism by not harassing people who dont live on the lake. The over the top restrictions on bow fishing and lake access come to mind.

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brucelieFeb. 10, 14 6:04 AM

Who doesn't know about Minnetonka?

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orono77Feb. 10, 14 6:20 AM

This could prove to be a benefit to the lake community but changes to the roadways would be warranted. Replacing several stop signs and lights with roundabouts would be a good start. Additional parking in Wayzata and Excelsior is a must. Mound has ample parking but they lack amenities and attractions. Spring Park lost her attractions to the condo boom and their planned retail space never landed a restaurant so nothing to draw traffic to that community.

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detachedFeb. 10, 14 6:34 AM

The Bushaway scenic byway was not done to increase tourism, but was a last ditch effort to avoid increased traffic and prevent Hennepin County engineers(i.e. people with no aesthetic sensibilities) from stripping Minnetonka of its character by straightening 101 and clear cutting mature trees for 50 feet either side of the road, like they already did on 101 between Mtka Blvd and Hwy 7. Perhaps that's what these other communities really have in mind. Given an engineer's belief that the best road is a straight road with nary a tree in sight, who could blame these communities for wanting to take steps to protect their scenic meandering roads. They're not creating scenic byways- they're preventing their scenic byways from getting wrecked in the future.

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Midge22Feb. 10, 14 6:47 AM

Maybe we could make a scenic byway straight to big island. Build a parking ramp...etc. It's not crowded enough in the summer. The Lake is getting over used! Now it's full of litter, and invasive species. It's sad. I can't imagine what the lakes going to be like in 100 years from now. Don't change a thing. Driving along CR 19 around the lake when the sun is out, windows are down... There isn't a need for change. That's our scenic byway..

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jrssssFeb. 10, 14 7:20 AM

Imagine being able to walk/run/bike/roller blade around lake Minnetonka (or at least large parts of it) on paths similar to those around Lakes Harriet, Calhoun, Isles, etc... Not only would a path create lake views for everyone, it would foster a healthy lifestyle, even for those whose property would be used.

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