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City Council Approves Resolution Requesting a Speed Limit Study for Portion of Fernbrook Lane

Jan 27, 2019 07:34PM ● By Wendy Erlien

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Maple Grove City Council approved a resolution requesting Hennepin County request the Commissioner of Transportation to conduct a speed limit study on a portion of Fernbrook Lane.

Fernbrook Lane (County Road 121) is considered a county state aid highway, according to a memo to the council from Transportation Operations Engineer John Hagen indicating Hennepin county recently posted Fernbrook Lane to 55 miles per hour “just north” of County Road 81. That northbound area of roadway had been posted at 40 miles per hour for several years.

 “However, as part of the County’s review of recent development proposals along Territorial Road east of Fernbrook Lane, the Hennepin County staff was unable to find any Commissioner Orders for Fernbrook Lane, north of CSAH 81, to be posted at anything other than the Statutory Speed Limit of 55 mph. Therefore, the 40 mph speed limit sign was deemed a non-compliant sign and was removed and replaced with the current 55 mph sign,” Hagen wrote in the memo.

With development happening along the “Fernbrook Lane corridor” in Maple Grove and Dayton, Hagen told the council the 55 mile per hour speed limit “seems to be too high.”

“Furthermore, we have received comments from residents in the area that the 55 mph speed limit is unsafe to enter from stop-controlled side streets,” he wrote in the memo.

From the requested speed study, MnDOT staff would be able to recommend a speed limit for a “Commissioner’s Authorization which is required” for a speed limit other than 55 miles per hour to be posted or confirm the current speed limit.

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