Council to consider Center and Garden study

Intersection seen as hazardous

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The intersection of Center Street and Garden Street would be the subject of a traffic safety engineering study, according to a request being considered at the New Ulm City Council meeting Tuesday.

NEW ULM — A formal engineering study to address safety at Center Street and Garden is being requested at the next New Ulm City Council meeting, Tuesday.

The intersection of Center Street and Garden Street has long been identified as a difficult crossing for vehicles and pedestrians during the morning and afternoon when school is in session. The intersection has also been identified as a safety priority by the City of New Ulm Safety Commission, Heart of New Ulm, and Safe Routes to School Team.

It is desired to have a formal Engineering Study and Intersection Control Evaluation report and concept design of alternative intersection configurations. With a formal study, the city could seek future funding requests for construction of the preferred alternative treatment.

If approved, the study would include the collection of field data; such as traffic volumes, delay time, pedestrian counts, bicycle counts and accident history. The study would also gather public input on the intersection, data analysis, concept design of the preferred alternative and report and concept design presentations.

The request is to seek proposal for this study. If approved by the council, the proposal and associated engineering fees will be brought back to the council for consideration. The project is within the city’s engineering department budget for 2023.


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